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Dreaming of “warmer” white

Though the calendar is close to flipping the page to April and the season is officially spring, winter’s white stuff remains the key element in Connecticut’s outside landscape. With more snow falling today, it’s time to dream of the “warmer” white that will … yes, will … come with warmer weather.

amaryllis 'Christmas Gift'

amaryllis ‘Christmas Gift’

amaryllis 'Christmas Gift' close up

amaryllis ‘Christmas Gift’ close up

Inside warmth allows amaryllis blooms to brighten spirits.

This ‘Christmas Gift’ amaryllis bloomed late this year.

Her blossom just passed, but gave a hint of the warm white blooms her hardier cousins promise.

Spring blooming bulbs are trying to fill the void of outdoor blooms – they’re slowly peeking out of the soil and, before long will open into this.

small cupped narcissi

small cupped narcissi

double narcissus

double narcissus

Soon to be followed by tiny white violets dotting the lawn.

white violets

white violets

Lilacs filling the air with scent.

white lilacs

white lilacs

Siberian iris 'White Swirl'

Siberian iris ‘White Swirl’

Alpine strawberry blossom

Alpine strawberry blossom

Siberian iris and little Alpine strawberry flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanguinaria canadensis

Sanguinaria canadensis

Lily-of-the-Valley

Lily-of-the-Valley.

Bloodroot and Lily of the Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peonies

Peony in bloom

Peony in bloom

and pinks.

Dianthus deltoides 'Arctic Fire'

Dianthus deltoides ‘Arctic Fire’

Bearded iris

bearded iris

bearded iris

and viburnum branches loaded in flowers.

Viburnum plicatum 'Mariessii'

Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariessii’

Lacy white astilbe blossoms will play with big blue hydrangea blooms.

Astilbe and hydrangea

Astilbe and hydrangea

Shasta daisy with gomphrena and ageratum

Shasta daisy with gomphrena and ageratum

white zinnia

white zinnia

Then shasta daisy and white zinnia will carry warmer whites through the summer months.

 

What “warmer” white blossoms help warm the inner gardener in you during early spring snows?

 

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Welcome Spring?

The calendar shows today as the first full day of Spring 2015 but, outside, Old Man Winter is doing its best to cover all evidence of Spring. Still, even with another three inches of fresh snow covering the ground, gardeners welcome spring.

As the season officially turned to Spring last evening at 6:45 pm, snow was falling. It doesn’t look very spring-like outside this morning.

The first full day of Spring in south-central Connecticut

The first full day of Spring in south-central Connecticut

But yesterday, during an early morning walk I found hints of Spring.

Tete-a tete narcissi barely peeking out of the ground

Tete-a tete narcissi barely peeking out of the ground

The few narcissi bulbs not still buried deep under snow cover were peeking out of the ground. I call this hope and, after looking back at last year’s progress, these sprouts are only slightly smaller than on the first day of Spring last year.

Yep … hope.

More hope shows inside, under lights, where basil seedlings have sprouted.

basil seedlings

basil seedlings

They have a way to go before they are large enough to flavor meals, but these tiny plants bring hope.

For this gardener, one of the best ways to maintain hope while waiting for spring temperatures to actually arrive is to plant seeds. If you need a boost to start some of your own seeds, read my seed starting process.

Grow a seed … believe in the future.

And … welcome Spring even when the outdoor landscape is draped in white.

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Fig tree seeking spring

Late afternoon sunshine streams through the front windows during winter and into early spring, making the front windows the best spot for the fig tree seeking spring.

My five-foot tall fig refused to remain dormant in the cool basement. Lengthening daylight spurred its leaves to open, leaving me no option but to provide it as much sunlight as possible.

Opening the front door and moving the rapidly leafing-out Chicago Hardy Fig to soak in sun through the glass storm door highlighted the interesting fig leaf structure. So … what better to do than grab my camera.

Though snow still covers the ground and winter is being stubborn about releasing its grip on temperatures, the fig has decided it’s done with dormancy.

Fig tree soaking up winter sun

Fig tree soaking up winter sun

Once outdoor spring gardening becomes possible I’ll have little time to relish the beauty of fig leaves.

fig leaves against a snow-covered background.

fig leaves against a snow-covered background.

Late afternoon sunlight helps highlight their graceful veining and harsh texture …

The veining and structure of fig leaves against a dark background.

The veining and structure of fig leaves against a dark background.

… and graceful beauty.

Fig leaves in late afternoon sunlight.

Fig leaves in late afternoon sunlight.

 

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