Monday, January 26, 2015

Blizzard Outside, Blossoms Inside

It looks as though we are getting a snow day tomorrow, as blizzard Juno is expected to dump massive amounts of snow on the Mid-Atlantic and New England over the course of the next twenty-four hours. Indoors,  meanwhile,  something new began blooming today. "Chinese Sacred Lilies" or Narcissus tazetta var. chinensis are similar to the much more commonly offered paperwhite (Narcissus papyraceus) but the individual flowers are somewhat larger and have a bright yellow "cup" or corona as well as a much sweeter fragrance. They also take quite a while longer to come into bloom when forced indoors.

Nacissus tazetta var. chinensis in the sun room

I also recently got two florist's cyclamens (Cyclamen persicum cv.), both somewhat unusual. One has soft pink flowers with a fuzzy fringe, the other pure white ones irregularly streaked with hot pink. Their foliage, too, is differently shaped and patterned.

One florist's cyclamen cultivar (Cyclamen persicum cv.)...

... and another one

I generally am more taken with the dainty little hardy species cyclamen, like Cyclamen hederifolium and Cyclamen coum and Cyclamen purpurascens, but these more delicate and quirky varieties of florist's cyclamen will do just fine for the time being.

6 comments:

  1. We are but alas there is prep work for classes to be done, so no binge watching trashy television while drinking hot cocoa, as I would very much like to do right now...

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  2. The cyclamen looks so unusual! Beautiful!

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    1. That is why I had to get both of them... :)

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  3. Aw rats! I was hoping you'd be watching trashy television and drinking hot cocoa, my favorite things to do on a snow day! Your florist cyclamen are gorgeous and Narcissus tazetta var. chinensis, with it's nice orange cup looks warm and cheery. I'll look for that one.

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    1. A bit of trashy television did eventually happen... :)

      I got the Narcissus tazetta var. chinensis from Fedco Seeds, who I have generally been very happy with.

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