Sunday, February 15, 2009
As my Valentine/GBBD offering to my friends, here are the highlights of the indoor blooming season so far. There is much yet to come in the way of tulips , hyacinths, and orchids and I'll need them. The weather remains (as is should; it is winter) cold and inhospitable to outdoor gardening. I must say that with all that I'm growing this year (40-50 spring plants outside of the normal houseplants), I spend a good amount of time tending to it all. Which is fun.
The hyacinths in glass vases are all in bloom, but many of the ones in pots are still coming up, as you see. This is Isabelle. The Raphaels in pots are coming up the slowest, but I think they will be bigger and better developed than the ones in vases. It's fascinating to observe the differences in flower shape, bloom time, and other behaviors in hyacinths.
I still have narcissus coming—probably more of these Martinettes, which have a lovely scent, utterly unlike any tazetta I've ever grown. The Grand Soleil d'Or, below, contrasts very well with these African violets which have been blooming nonstop for months.
Here's one final tribute to the pink cyclamen, finally fading after flowering valiantly since early November. GBBD is the creation of Carol/May Dreams Gardens., who, like me, is a strong believer in the rewards of indoor gardening.