March Spring Flowers: Indoors and Out 2012

A splash of yellow or white in the sunshine heralds the coming of spring. This year, many spring flowers are blooming early, and some — like the pansies in my flower boxes — have not stopped blooming.

Pansies in the snow, January 24

During my trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show, I bought some orchids to add some brightness to my window sill.

Vivid orange "Trick or Treat" Orchid
(L. Icarus x Lc. Chit Chat)

Beautiful red "Debbie" Orchid
(California Apricot x Jewel Box)

Bi-colored orchids

Meanwhile, outside the window, my flowering bulbs began their annual display. We planted these bulbs more than twenty years ago — a lot of work but well worth the effort.

The earliest daffodils, February 12

Purple and yellow crocuses, March 14

Bi-colored crocuses, March 14

Species iris, March 14

The end of winter and beginning of spring has been exceptionally warm in New Jersey. When I looked outside on the first day of spring, many more bulbs had burst into bloom, as it they knew the date and had waited until then to start their show.

Daffodils, March 22

Daffodils, March 22

White daffodils, March 22

An early species tulip

Daffodils, March 22

Daffodils, March 22

Daffodils, March 22

I love daffodils. Unlike many tulips and hyacinths, they spread and look better year after year. If you’re thinking of planting spring bulbs, you can’t go wrong with daffodils. Plant them in the fall, and you will enjoy many years of spring beauty with no further work. You can buy the bulbs at garden centers and many other retail stores, but catalogs offer a wider variety of sizes, shapes, and color combinations.

One final photo — I can’t leave out the flowering trees. They tend to be smaller than standard trees, so they are great for small yards. Spring beauty and summer shade in one lovely package.

Purple-leaf plum tree in bloom, March 22

Enjoy the beauty!

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About J. Thomas Ross

Since retiring from a career as a high school English and history teacher, I've been pursuing a career as a writer. My main interest is in writing novels, but I've also written short stories and poetry and done a little editing on the side. I am currently working on a Young Adult novel. One of my poems - "Winter" - won an award at the 2010 Philadelphia Writers Conference, and you can find my fantasy short story "A Rock Is a Rock Is a Rock ... Or Is It?" in the anthology Tales of Fortannis: A Bard's Eye View, which is available in print and Kindle format from Amazon and as an e-book from Double Dragon Press.
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2 Responses to March Spring Flowers: Indoors and Out 2012

  1. Awesome pics! I love spring!

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