Friday, February 22, 2008

Pretty pictures for a dreary day

It’s still winter. I don’t have much to say but I am really enjoying my bulbs this year. The differences between the various hyacinth cultivars is more dramatic than you’d think. As you can see, these City of Haarlem ones are slower to emerge, with tighter, smaller flowers. Their fragrance is very different as well, much earthier.

Then I would just point out that the Golden Rain narcissi have a longer bloom period than any I have ever grown. As they mature, you can see little orange centers (not visible here).


Lisa at Greenbow said...

All of your bulb talk has made me want to do more of this next winter. I can almost smell the hyacinths, and the color. Aaaahhh.

Nancy J. Bond said...

I agree! The hyacinths have such a heady fragrance, I can almost smell them as well. Great pics for a grey day.

Annie in Austin said...

It's interesting to see how compact the stems on your forced bulbs are, EAL. Even with lots of sun, the paperwhites growing outside get very lanky and floppy. Hyacinths are just poking up in the pink garden so they'll be pretty, but the scent is never as intense as when indoors.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose