Thursday, March 15, 2012

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - March 2012

 Weeeee! Crocuses!
After a week of 60-degrees temperatures I ventured into my garden hoping to see something, anything in bloom and was handsomely rewarded by the sight yellow crocuses:

yellow crocus after rain

These bulbs were planted back in 2010. Last year they bloomed in the middle of April. I heard that the established crocuses come earlier in the following years but it's totally unexpected. Yellow crocuses bloomed last in 2011 but now they are the first. Hmmm...

Also, I planted peas today in my zone 5b garden (please don't laugh!). If they freeze - so be it, these were the seeds from 2010 that had to be used somehow.
One of my phalaenopsis orchids has finally opened its blooms. Its full name is Doritaenopsis 'I-Hsin Sesame'. It was a hand-me-down from a friend and apparently I don't like the flowers, for some reason they creep me out. The plant will probably go back to the previous owner, at least until it's done blooming.

Doritaenopsis I-Hsin Sesame

The spotting pattern on each tepal looks pretty unique. I wonder if it is formed in the (fetal?) development process in the same way as zebra stripes and human fingerprints. Forensic botany, anyone?


  1. I'm glad you had some blooms for today. I have never tried growing orchids. You silly girl! From here, they look lovely!

  2. Hi Lucy, sorry I havent got around to visiting till now. I love your crocuses. Such a lovely sunny colour emerging so soon after your Northern winter. I know what what you mean about the phalaenopsis orchids. I love lots of orchids but there is a quality some have, a sort of plasticity, that reminds me of insects' thoraxes or something from a sci-fi crature. Slipper orchids are the ones the most like that for me, but I love dainty dendrobium sprays and gorgeous cattleyas.