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Signs of Spring

February 28, 2011

It’s not just the flowers at the botanical garden… even here at the Nettle Nest, there are many signs that spring is on its way:

  • the Oxalises sprouting new leaves:
  • the sighting of the first bee on Saturday
  • flower buds on the Easter cacti:

  • sowing the tomato seeds on Wednesday last week and discovering of the first seedlings today, on Monday (all three currant tomatoes have at least one seedling coming up already)
  • blooming crocuses
  • the purchase of lettuce plants and a window box to plant them in
  • a new leaf on the Ficus elastica
  • long walks in the sunshine and birdsong
  • flowers on the Abutilon
  • Guerilla gardening by candlelight
  • new shoots and flowers on the Ceropegia sandersonii
  • the cooking and freezing of extra food, a massive pot of chicken soup that’ll feed me for at least three days, lunch boxes being fulled and work clothes laid out…
4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2011 03:25

    eeeee! These always sold really well for us as houseplants, we can never keep them in stock! We get in boatloads for Saint Patrick’s day and spend the rest of the year telling everyone “sorry we won’t have these again until march” even though we sold them as bedding plants all summer long. For some reason if the sign says “Shamrock” it’s a houseplant, if it says “oxalis” its a bedding plant and can’t POSSIBLY be grown in the house even though it’s the exact same thing. But anyways, your picture is beautiful, I don’t think I’d ever be able to get one that good of an Oxalis!

  2. March 2, 2011 03:27

    OOps, I meant to post that as the comment on the oxalis calendar picture…my bad! Just imagine it’s posted there! My comment for this page is more along the lines of eeeeeeeeeeeee flowers! eeeeeeeee Easter cacti!

    • March 2, 2011 19:57

      Well, there are Oxalis leaves in this post as well, so it’s even sort-of on topic here. 😉 (Though it’s stupid that I can edit or delete people’s comments, but I can’t move them. That should totally be possible. *sulks*)
      Until last year, I only knew them as houseplants – when I started my current job, I was quite surprised to see we were growing them as outdoor plants. In fact, they were one of the plants we potted up today.

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