2.06.2009

Eden Indoors In Winter

Colour, fragrance, foliage: not words traditionally associated with the bleakness of winter. But those attributes are easily attainable indoors. Many stores now are filled with forced-blooming flowers in pots, from hyacinths to crocus. I was seduced last week by a pot of hyacinth bulbs that were just starting to flower. Below you can see the welcome burst of colour and energy they bring to my living room. If only I could also convey the fragrance, which is beautifully intoxicating.
This is how the hyacinths looked last Friday. Below you can see the difference a week in bright light makes.
An added burst of colour to the living room.The fragrance of these multiple hyacinths fills the room with natural energy. A cyclamen grows in another corner of my living room. The delicate flowers hang like little baskets over the foliage.

The foliage of the cyclamen itself is stunning: a patterned leaf in light and dark shades of green.Crocuses are coming up in my living room too. Take that, Old Man Winter.

7 comments:

Trellis said...

Simply beautiful. I can't wait to move into my new place and get some wonderful green foilage.

Kenn said...

I now know what I'll be doing this weekend... shopping for early spring blooms! Just beautiful!

Content in a Cottage said...

Andrew...The spring flowers are lovely. I just picked up several antique bulb forcing vases to add to my collection. I will stop at the garden center today and buy some bulbs. You've inspired me! Your photos are beautiful too. Did you get the new camera you wanted for Christmas? ♥Rosemary

ANDREW RITCHIE said...

Thanks, Rosemary! No, it's still the old Kodak, which I can live with for now. I still do want the Lumix, though!

Elaine said...

Your forced bulbs and the cyclamen are just beautiful! A breath of fresh spring air!

Brent said...

Wonderful photos, Andrew

ANDREW RITCHIE said...

Thanks everyone! Glad you like the photos.