Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

More (Indoor) Spring Blooms

In addition to the hyacinths which are now at their peak, the first of the forced tulips have now begun to bloom.

Pink hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis)

Some lily-flowered tulips and a yellow freesia around a young Musa 'Mekong Giant'

A ghostly white tulip

My favorite of the tulips so far in terms of coloring, unfortunately a bit stunted

The beginning of the second round of flowering of the Christmas cacti (Schlumbergera cvs.)

Outside a few days of mild weather have brought out the first timid snowdrops (Galanthus sp.) and witch hazels (Hamamelis cvs.) in many gardens have begun to unfurl their sweetly fragrant thread-like petals of gold and bronze. Yet today temperatures are back below freezing and there are intermittent flurries of snow...

Sunday, March 9, 2014

All the Colors!

All the different colors in the freesia mix I planted have begun to bloom now, so I thought I would do a little compilation.

They were labeled as single freesias but some came out partially double anyway. Interestingly, flower size varies greatly between the different colors, with the pure white ones being significantly larger than the other colors and the yellow ones being rather diminutive.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Smell of Spring

The osmanthus continues to flower and emit its delicious fruity fragrance, more and more blossoms are opening among the freesias, and now the first of the forced hyacinths are beginning to bloom. As I walk through the apartment, I catch a whiff of spicy, springy scents here and there, always when I least expect it.

Hyacinths (Hyacinthus orientalis) in the sun room

Yesterday two more orders of seeds arrived, from Siskiyou Seeds and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. The window sills are beginning to fill up, with seedlings of stocks and egg plant and parsley and many kinds of basil. All is waiting for spring.