January is over and even the word February evokes a lovely feeling of spring. Evenings are getting a little lighter, bird song in the early morning is getting louder and it’s lovely to be outside in the freshness and get a head start on tidying and weeding. The strange thing about Central Florida is that we have to go through a kind of late fall before spring finally arrives and everything greens up. Many of the trees hold on to their leaves for so long and really only turn color when it turns cold.
As we were close to a frost twice this week, they suddenly all decided to drop their leaves and the lawn now looks very autumnal!
I have been taking some of my forced bulbs out of the refrigerator and putting them outside as it has been quite cool and so not too much of a shock for them. It’s probably a little early as they could do with a few more weeks of chill. However so many of them were sprouting I decided to take a chance. I have gradually bought them into the house.
I have really been loving the Hyacinths. Even before they are fully up and open they are so pretty.
For some reason I completely forgot to buy Hyacinth bulbs to chill back in the Autumn but I was actually able to get hold of some pre-chilled ones on line and after 2 more weeks in the fridge they seemed happy to cooperate and bloom.
I heven tucked a few into a few little mercury glasses. Even just one gives of such a powerful fragrance.
The tulips that were planted into pots are up. I have completely forgotten which color I planted now so I guess that will be a surprise if and when they flower.
I have added some silver birch twigs into the pots too because Tulips tend to get a bit floppy. A pot of pre-chilled bulbs has already flowered and were a lovely bright display inside for a while.
Outside, I have added a few spring flowers to my containers at the front.
I can’t grow English Lavender in Florida as it turns to mush but I do sometimes grow a Lavandin or Lavendula Intermedia in the spring and it does quite well until the humidity sets in.
I’m interested to see which (if any!) of the flower seeds I sowed in the autumn will flower soon. I have a nice patch of Ammi Majus or Bishops Flower which I am hopeful will come into flower fairly soon. Its white frothy flowers are pretty in bouquets.
The English Marigolds or Calendula succumbed to a caterpillar onslaught – live and learn. I will try them again next fall and check them carefully. I only use organics so it is a bit of a challenge sometimes. Cornflowers, Orlaya Grandiflora, some Freesias, Gladioli and Nigella are at various stages of growth and appear healthy.
I love having little strawberry pots of violas. They fade quickly once it starts to get warm but they are pretty for a touch of spring.
I’m off to New York next week which will be a shock to the system in terms of temperature but it is such a fun city to visit. I’ll be packing plenty of layers! Looking forward to sowing some more seeds when I get back.
Thank you so much for visiting!