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...

4 comments:

  1. Your window sill looks so exotic with all those plants!

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  2. Hooray for indoor color to cheer the last cold days of winter!

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  3. I never tried forcing tulips. Thanks for sharing your photos and experience. I wonder if the type of tulip matters?
    Ray

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    1. I am not sure if the type of tulip would make a difference; I suspect the prior treatment of the bulbs does. If the bulbs had not already been sprouting significantly and had not been on sale I would probably not have attempted forcing them.

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