March 8th, 2012

Paul Neyron rose 2

Thursday outside

It's quite warm out.  The pansies seem to be doing well enough after being transplanted from their market flats to big pots.  I took pictures of some of the flowers.  It's windy out, so the petals were blowing in the wind.  The oxalis looks the same as it did before I transplanted it, as does the hyacinth.  The winter honeysuckle is in full bloom.  The pink sweet violets have some flowers.  The blue sweet violet is in full bloom.

I went to pull some weeds from around the yellow snow crocus, and pulled up a crocus flower.  I put it in a little glass vase.  The crocus that's white with purple veins is open, too.  I don't know if the snow crocus type is also known as 'Pickwick' or if that's a cultivar (cultivated variety) name just for Dutch crocus.  There are a number of leaves of the miniature daffodils coming up.  I can't remember if they were 'Baby Moon' or 'Tete-a-Tete'.  Dad planted some new ones last fall anyway, and I have no idea what cultivar they are.

The 'King Alfred' daffodils have leaves up, and a couple have buds.  The kind in one place is consistently earlier than the other kind, so I believe I got two types of daffodil, both labeled 'King Alfred'.  There are a number of types out there under the 'King Alfred' name.  Yellow trumpet, yellow tepals, the "classic" look.  The flowers are smaller than some of the modern ones, but big for an older variety.

There are still some snowdrops.  It feels like it's very warm to have them, but it's still earlier than they would normally be blooming.  More of the roses are leafing out.  We transplanted 'Kronprinzessin Viktoria' from the big blue-and-white ceramic pot to a smaller plastic pot in the fall, and it got through the transplant.  It's leafing out now.  It's a Bourbon rose, a white sport of 'Souvenir de la Malmaison'.  'Souvenir de la Malmaison' is relatively tender for a Bourbon, or maybe I just think so because I always had it in pots, and not planted in the ground.  Both the roses have good scents.

'Marchioness of Londonderry' has a number of good canes.  I think the other rose I planted by the porch is 'Mme. Isaac Pereire'.  I had it before, but it got cut off nearly to its base and died.  It was in a big pot.  I don't know what would have gotten that, unless it was a deer or Dad with the weed-whacker.  I still have its lighter pink sport, 'Mme. Ernst Calvat', in a big pot near the back of the house.  I hope 'Mme. Isaac Pereire' blooms this year.  It has a wonderful fragrance.  When it's happy, it reblooms in the fall.

I may cut a couple of small branches of the winter honeysuckle and bring them inside to enjoy.  I still have the roses I got at the Flower Show, which are a peachy-tinted pink.  They're open, but not completely blown.  They still look good, and they have some scent.  I've been able to talk about what's blooming outside much earlier this year than other years, by weeks, I think.

Paul Neyron rose 2

slightly later Thursday

I made it to an appointment, then went back outside again for a while.  I have my window open, which is different for March.  Since we got new windows, I have a functional screen, and that's very cool.  J. got me a new case for my phone, and I tried it.  The front of the phone is still uncovered, but so far the case seems to be staying on.  It's rubberized and black, when what I'd gotten before was white and hard plastic, so we'll see if there's much difference with it.