Saturday, April 19, 2014

Seen on a Spring Walk

Today was sunny and mild, and after planting out some pots of flowering Narcissus 'Tête-à-tête' - they were giving them out for free on campus earlier this week - in the garden downstairs, I went on a bit of a walk around the neighborhood. Magnolias, forsythias, and early ornamental cherries are beginning to bloom, and daffodils, hellebores, and hyacinths are out in full force. Crocuses, Siberian squills, glory-of-the-snow, and other such small early bulbs are already fading fast, disappearing as quickly as they burst into bloom once the snow melts.

Star magnolia (Magnolia stellata)

Cherry blossom time - Higan cherry (Prunus x subhirtella) I think

A small greenhouse filled with a riot of color

On a street I rarely walk along I came across a lean-to greenhouse filled top to bottom with flowers that I had never noticed before. The small space seemed to be completely filled with shelves of Cyclamen, a Calamondin orange (x Citrofortunella microcarpa) full of  bright orange fruit, and clivias, impatiens, and several different varieties of bougainvillea, all in glorious bloom. The garden around the house was rather unremarkable and plain, which I find a bit considering that there is clearly a very skilled gardener behind that greenhouse display.

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