Notes from a USDA zone 5 shade garden in Southern Wisconsin.
It's so nice to see things growing up through the frozen soil, I just love the smell of Hyacinth, my Daffodils have smelt nice to day in the windowsill sat in the sun.Amanda xx
I look forward to the outdoor blooms. In the meantime, the potted plants bring some hope. I love the smell of Hyacinths, too, Amanda. :)
My hyacinth bulb/bloom on the kitchen counter provided fragrance for the entire downstairs of our house. It was heavenly! Happy February to you!
Thanks, Cat. Happy February to you, too! I'm eagerly anticipating the sweet scents of the Lemon blossoms and the Hyacinth flowers. :)
We do need new life to make parting easier. It is so vital.
That is true, Tammy. It helps a bit.
I wish my cats didn't eat my plants... I had to give them away.... I miss them
My cats eat plants, too. (And dig and do worse things in them.) They are locked out of the sunroom! In late spring and summer, the plants are outside. But the cooler temperatures and bright sunlight make the sunroom the perfect place for Lemons, Hyacinths, and Cyclamen plants during the winter.
Is there ANYTHING like the fragrance of Hyacinths? I'm nuts for the Delft blue ones.
I'm crazy about the scent, too, Susie. It can be a little overpowering at close range, but perfect in a big room.
Such a lovely lemon! I like your beautiful hyacinth.
It's been a while since I tried forcing bulbs indoors. I'm glad they're emerging (I have two more just starting to break the soil) after being in the cold, dark for a couple of months.
I have to try to grow a hyacinth indoors....my favorite spring scent. And lemons...yipppee! So much to look forward to now as we wait. Thanks for these wonderful images Beth.
I'm very excited about the Lemons. We only have six on the tree, but they're all various sizes. And the new buds bring the hope of more flowers and more Lemons!
Yes, as we have snow outdoors, we have to enjoy our springflowers inside, love hyacinths, especially their smell.
True! Those of us with long winters take special joy in these indoor experiments, don't we? :)
These plants do not need to view the words, because they are cute. Regards.
Thanks, Giga. Words didn't come to me this week, but I wanted to share the new blooms and fruits.
I hope that these signs of new life are bringing you some joy, Beth. I read somewhere that the Meyer lemons take a year or two to ripen; is that true?
Yes, they are somehow encouraging. Regarding your question: I'm new to Meyer Lemons, but I've read it can take anywhere from four to 12 months, depending on conditions, climate, and the age of the tree. So far, the largest Lemon is about 10 months old, so I'm guessing we won't be consuming it until April! The tree was a 3-year-old (I think) when we got it. It produced flowers and fruit during our first season with it. :)
We both share love for growing bulbs at home! I have few and are about to open very soon, I'm waiting to have them on camera.
Yes, it's fun! I put one pot in the cold sunroom and two others in the very cold garage back in October. I was thrilled to see the Hyacinth break soil several weeks ago, and now it's about ready to bloom. I was going to wait to put out the other two until springtime, but I couldn't wait! So, now they're breaking soil, too. :) Looking forward to seeing your photos, Lula!
Pictures full of promises.
Yes, a little hope in the middle of a northern winter. ;-)
New hope, indeed. I so wish I had planted some Hyacinths indoors for forcing. Your meyer lemons look very plump. Do they turn yellow when ripe?
It's been a while since I brought bulb plants indoors, but I'm glad I did this year. They'll be so pretty at the end of winter. Regarding the Lemons, the larger ones are starting to ripen. It's kinda hard to tell from the photo, but the color difference is increasing every day now. And, yes, they should be a bright, warm yellow before we harvest them.
My giant fern has been seeding again. While I love first sight of them, that feeling is soon replaced by annoyance when I remember what a pain it is vacuuming them up from the carpet. :-\
Oh, I'll bet it's lovely in your house, Heather. I haven't had an indoor fern since my college days. Exciting about the seeding, even though it's messy. :)
Hyacinth pots are such a delight at this time of the year. I can never decide which colour I like, so I plant different colours to follow each other. How exciting having lemons a out to ripen.
I agree: I enjoy all the Hyacinth colors. They seem like such sturdy, yet somehow romantic plants. Yes, I'm looking forward to consuming our first home-harvested Lemon. :)
Beautiful!You will have to share more about your lemon plant with me. I would like to try a citrus plant in Wisconsin as well. :-)) My sister has an orange tree, she lives in Merrill, Wisconsin. It is taking its good old time with fruit, but the oranges are getting bigger.Thank you,Carla
Thanks! Certainly--I'll share what I know as I experience it. The Lemon tree had a very successful first winter in the sunroom and produced many flowers. Several of them became fruits. The tree struggled when I took it outside for the summer (too much debris from the neighborhood Cottonwood trees; too much shade). So, I'm planning to keep it inside the sunroom this summer. I can open the glass doors and let the breeze blow through most days. :) If you have a sunny patio, a Meyer Lemon will love it during the summer. I'm looking forward to eating our first home-harvested Lemon! Love fresh Oranges, too!
I am glad to see the plants starting to bloom, even if in a pot. The lemons look great.
Me, too! More Hyacinths are breaking ground now. Soon the sunroom will smell fabulous with the scent of Hyacinths, Lemon flowers and ripening Lemons!
I love the mix of green and purple in the hyacinth.
There's something about a budding Hyacinth--it looks so rich. :)
I still have some amaryllis, but that budding hyacinth is such a promise. Beautiful.
I love Amaryllis plants, too. I don't have any this year, but I've enjoyed them in the past. Even having a few blooming plants in the house makes a big difference in my mood. :)
Beautiful hyacinth! And oh, those lemons! A breath of spring.
I know--my mouth is watering thinking about the Lemons. They're pretty small, but I've heard even the small ones are sweet and tasty. Planning now for Lemon slices in my beer or atop a dessert. :)
Perfect! I am still waiting on my hyacinths to bloom. These small things are so big during the winter months. Happy Valentine's Day too!!!
Small things are big during the winter--absolutely! Happy Valentine's Day to you, too, Kathleen. :)
Now that is a very smart move..nothing like spending time in a place where you can enjoy real live and growing plants....great idea to do that. I love the hibiscus and the lime...wow!Jen
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