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...