Sunday, February 19, 2006

Hot and cold

Colacasia in the BG pond.

Yesterday, my sister and I took part in a benefit run for the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens: the course was once around the ring road that surrounds the Gardens for the “fun run,” and 3x for the race. Despite the negligible distance, I would describe any outdoor run when it's 10 degrees with a brisk wind as seriously hardcore. A surprising number of runners were there, though. We walked, not because it makes it any easier, but because I just don’t have the wind for aerobic activity in frigid conditions.

You don't need to get this cold to appreciate the BG in February, but it sure helps. I love the place in any season—it's a garden, after all—but at this time of year, what a respite. After receiving our lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers (and Flying Bison, yeah baby) we walked through the greenhouses. January's amaryllis show is still going strong (big-time long bloomers), the sweet olive was blooming, and I noticed a lot of orchids massing for next weekends orchid show. Most of the runners were kind of hanging around eating and talking about their next race, not really into the plants, but generally enjoying the ambiance. A wedding was being set up in the pond area.

Cool times in a hot place.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Office flowers

It’s been fun to watch the various progress of the hyacinths I potted in the fall and gave out at Christmas. Of course I’m just a little peeved that Brent and Becky’s sent me another purple hyacinth instead of the pink Chestnut Flower I had ordered. I think it must be Blue Magic or something. Good thing I’m documenting these orders here. So now I’m seeing lighter purple and dark blue coming up instead of the pale pink and dark blue I had planned.

Maybe I can get them to send me a banana plant as a make-good. I’m very intent on having more tropicals outside this year.

Anyway, my office mates are having dramatically different degrees of success with their hyacinths. I was perturbed that many people were keeping the plants in their cubes to begin with. (I consider the corporate environment to be antithetical to all but the philodendrum and its boring ilk.)

But many are coming up, and people seem happy. Of course, they don’t quite get that the plants will die and that watering won’t bring it back. And a few, sadly, seem stunted, where the blooms aren’t over the leaves. But I’d say that it was pretty successful.