Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Slowly, Very Slowly...

I had hoped that when we got back from France spring would finally be in full swing here as well but alas, the freezing temperatures continued until the beginning of this week. Yesterday the thermometer finally rose a bit, and the fragrance of witch hazels (Hamamelis cv.) became perceptible all over campus as they unfurled their spidery sulphur-yellow and bronze-red blossoms.

Witch hazel (Hamamelis cv.) in bloom, with lots of snow still on the ground

Coming up soon: my reports on the gardens we visited while in France, and updates on what is flowering and sprouting on my window sill.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Something Both Local and Global

Regular readers might have noticed that I have a bit of a fascination with saffron crocuses and their cultivation, in evidence here and here. So naturally, when a link to the following showed up in my inbox the other day I was intrigued:

Q+A: Cultivating Peace in Afghanistan with Saffron

The idea is really cool; it would be wonderful if it does indeed make a difference. The website of the company, Rumi Spice, can be found here.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Surprise Azalea

The best of significant others went grocery shopping the other day, and he came back not just with jugs of milk and bags of kale but also with a pot of pink double azaleas for me.

Florist's azalea (Rhododendron simsii cv.) - the little bush actually consists of multiple cuttings, some with deep reddish pink flowers and some blooming in a lighter shade

Sometimes I truly am spoiled... :)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Flower Pictures...

... because outside is still covered in snow.

The bright pink freesias (Freesia cv.) are still going strong...

... but they have been joined by purple ones...

 ... and a sumptuous sprig of creamy white blossoms

There are still some straggling blooms on the Jasminum polyanthum

The Christmas cacti (Schlumbergera truncata cv.) are beginning their second round of blooming this season

Abutilon megapotamicum 'Variegatum' is blooming more and more, despite my struggles to keep the aphids at bay

The first batch of seeds has also been sown on the windowsill, and lots of little green sprouts of petunias and stocks and Agastache rupestris are starting to appear. More seeds will be planted tomorrow.

Friday, March 6, 2015