Monday, March 8, 2010

Blooming in and out

Sorry for my unplanned hiatus over the last couple of weeks.  Life has been very busy!

As Spring approaches. more blooms are appearing - inside my greenhouse and outdoors.  I've gotten a couple of Gerbera daisy plants as gifts over the last 3 years or so.  Usually they were blooming when I received them, but I could never coax another bloom out of them.  For some reason, I've had trouble with them drying out and wilting, only to be revived again when I noticed and gave them a healthy watering.  But I never could keep them happy long enough to bloom - until now!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="My first ever "earned" Gerbera daisy bloom"]My first ever Gerbera daisy bloom[/caption]

This Gerbera daisy just bloomed last week and still looks great.  Gerbera blooms seem to last quite a while.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="The spring Crocus have broken through."]The spring Crocus have broken through.[/caption]

In the corner garden, Daffodil, Tulip and Crocus stems have risen.  Only the purple crocus are blooming so far, but soon they will be joined by the orange crocus and the Daffodils.  It might be closer to May before we see Tulip blooms.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Buds on our Quince bush"]Buds on our Quince bush[/caption]

Our Quince bush is covered in buds again and will be opening up any day now.  It is a sight to behold.  We'll probably be taking cuttings every couple of days to bring inside and enjoy at our dining table.