Here are the Hyacinths after 5 weeks. I have no explanation for why there is such variation in growth. All the bulbs came out of the same bag and were kept in the back of my refrigerator for the same amount of time. If I was trying to grow these to sell, I'd be concerned, but since I am growing them for pure enjoyment and fragrance, I'll just be happy that it appears like I will be enjoying hyacinths for quite a while.
And here is a close up of one that looks like it will be the first to actually bloom. I think it might be pink, though it really is hard to tell at this point. Do you have a prediction on when I'll see my first real bloom? I predicted a blue bloom today for Super Bowl Sunday. That didn't happen, so I'll revise my predication to be a pink bloom on Valentine's Day.
And yesterday I braved the biting cold winds to take this outdoor picture. This is Helleborus orientalis, Lenten Rose. In spite of the cold, some plants are starting to show signs of growth! See those flower buds? There is one kind of in the center and a couple more toward the top, just left of center. They are cold now but I know they'll be fine and I'll have blooms in late March, during Lent.
Green Thumb Sunday