Sunday, March 15, 2009

Still, the flowers inside


For all intents and purposes, it is St. Patrick’s Day in Buffalo today, as the parade always happens on a Sunday. SPD can be snowy or 60 degrees and sunny here; this is the month when we can experience all four seasons (well, April too). Around SPD, I find myself really looking at the ground, mainly noticing all the bits of green detritus from the festivities, but also seeing the beginnings of (non-evergreen) plant activity. The flowers are always the same, of course: snowdrops. Maybe some crocus. I do have snowdrops, but I’ve always found them kind of boring—though wonderfully fragrant. So I’m sharing instead the final batch of forced bulbs from the GWI indoor garden. The hyacinths are done, as are most of the narcissus and half of the tulips, but there is a surprising amount still to bloom, including some very stubborn hippeastrum.


Here you see some Amazone Triumphs, some Orange Princess doubles, and some Martinette narcissus.


For much longer and more detailed GBBD posts, many of which will show snowdrops, check here.

20 comments:

Blossom said...

Beautiful. Lovely blooms inside your house.

Pat Leuchtman said...

I've never tried to force tulips, but I will now. Beautiful flowers.

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

Oh, that narcissus against the poster is a wonderful shot! Only snowdrops here and glad to see something outdoors at last.

kate smudges said...

The Orange Princess doubles are gorgeous ~ love the colours. Makes me think that I need to force more bulbs next year. Always something to think about from one season to the next ~

Carol said...

My indoor garden! I didn't even give it a thought because there are blooms outside in my garden. I still have some narcissus blooming and a few African violets.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Snowdrops boring? Blasphemy! ;-)
The 'Orange Princess' looks like the double version of 'Princes Irene,' which I grew at my old house. It had a nice fragrance. OP is lovely too.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Sadly, I will have only snowdrops of the snow-kind to offer this Blooms Day (I haven't participated in months, though). But the tulips I just got yesterday at the store are making my heart sing...as are your orange ones. We'll get there, eventually.

I'll have to dig out the quotation by Beverly Nichols for his thoughts on the viewing of snowdrops. He's very funny!

garden girl said...

The flowers inside are beautiful heralds of spring.

Helen @ Gardening With Confidence said...

Beautiful blooms. I like the tulip especially. Happy Bloom Day!

Gail said...

Good afternoon Elizabeth,

Love the colorful tulips...tulips always raise my spirits in the winter. I can see a peak of your hardwood floor and the detail is wonderful! gail

NellJean said...

Your tulips are lovely. The dog ate mine.

EAL said...

I actually feel a bit bad for dissing snowdrops; it's just that they always kind of look the same to me, unlike all the variety you get with other bulbs. But I do have them and I have one in a little vase by me so I can smell its lovely fragrance.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Eliz, with an indoor garden like that, who needs snowdrops. :) ~~Dee

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your indoor garden is a pleasure EAL. I do like tulips. Mine are all outside though. I only have the greens showing. Maybe next month I can show you some outside tulips.

Annie in Austin said...

The Amazone is a beautiful tulip, EAL, but you'd have been in trouble with my great-grandmother Lizzy for putting an orange tulip in the same post with the St Patrick's day parade...an Orange Princess no less!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

EAL said...

Very true, Annie, but there is a considerably higher percentage of green than orange in all of these tulips. (And I need only go back as far as a grandfather to find 100% Irish outrage.)

tabacaria said...

Hello. I love Tulips. Check out my Flower arrangements video blog.

Leslie said...

I think I like your indoor tulips best of all...although I have thought that about other bulbs as you've shared them. But the tulips are tempting. I may try some next year!

Chandramouli S said...

Wonderful, Elizabeth! I envy you all temperate gardeners for those pretty indoor blooms from bulbs.

Kerri said...

Your tulips are glorious, as are the daffs. I didn't force any this winter, but hope to try again next fall. You certainly do well with yours. Where do you keep them while they're 'chilling'?
I had no idea snowdrops had fragrance until you mentioned it in your comment on my Bloom Day post. I managed to get my nose down close to them but couldn't detect any perfume. Maybe they need a warm day to bring it out.
This is my first sighting of the beercanicus. Rare indeed! :)