Today is a sunny day, but we’ve had a lot of rain and wind over the past week. It might reach 9 deg. C. this afternoon, if we’re lucky. There’s a lot of mud in the flower beds and there are no flowers at all, unless you count the tiny buds forming on the hellebores.
A couple of weeks ago, I went on a mini shopping spree in the florist’s department at a local supermarket. I bought some Iris reticulata and white hyacinths in pots, as well as a glass container of Paperwhite Narcissus bulbs in bloom.
To my delight, the Miltoniopsis I purchased last year at this time came into bloom again (more about this in my next post). These flowers blooming indoors are cheerful and remind me that winter doesn’t last forever.
Opening my 2015 Royal Horticultural Society Diary to the page for Week 3 of the new year, I found a reproduction of a painting of Paperwhite Narcissus. The caption is: “Narcissus tazetta var. chinensis, sometimes called the Chinese sacred lily, from one of four volumes of paintings by anonymous Chinese artists purchased by the RHS in 1912.”
These RHS diaries are a pleasure to use, although I miss the pocket inside the front cover that came with last year’s edition.