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Welcoming With Snow….And Colors

Today is the official first day of spring but it has been snowing since midday.   So far we have accumulated around two inches.  I don’t mind the big fluffy flakes with no wind; very peaceful.  However that spring itch has gotten to me.  I started trimming the tropical plants in the basement and fed the ones I have no plans for transplanting to a new pot.  It’s a task I do one month before I can take some of them outside for real sunlight and fresh air.

They seem to know that spring is coming.  Many of them are pushing out flowers and new leaves.  The ones that have been in a semi-dormant stage during winter are showing signs of new buds. Here are some ‘basement buds’ trying to rush spring along a little:

Scented Geranium 'Rober's Rose' has flowering buds on every stem                                                        s.  The flower has lemon-rose scent

Scented Geranium ‘Rober’s Rose’ has flowering buds on every stem. The flower has a lemon-rose scent

Geranium 'Skeleton Rose' also has many flower buds

Geranium ‘Skeleton Rose’ also has many flower buds

Geranium 'Tango Violet', though the flower has no scent, it has a very s      triking color

Geranium ‘Tango Violet’, though the flower has no scent, it has a very striking color

Most of the Lantana leaves had dropped off in winter but now green buds and flowers here and there

Most of the Lantana leaves had dropped off in winter, but now green buds and flowers are here and there

Christmas cactus or should I call it 'Spring' cactus

Christmas cactus or should I call it ‘Spring’ cactus

And a welcome mat from the windowsill:  Moth Orchids

This Moth orchid has been blooming throughout the winter

This Moth orchid has been blooming throughout the winter

This one just bloomed a couple of weeks ago

This one just bloomed a couple of weeks ago