Tulipa

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Emerging Tulips by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Garden bed at All Saints Episcopal Church in Peterborough, NH

I was pleased to see this bed of tulips looked so healthy. It is not the case in my garden. After a mild winter, my daffodils and daylilies sprouted a bit early. Around Easter the daffodils had well developed flower buds, just on the verge of opening.Then we got an unseasonably cold evening in the low teens. The plants went limp, not dead but hurting. Even the daylilies which are as strong as iron show signs of yellowing.

I’m not sure if any damage was inflicted on my Star Magnolia flower buds, but hopefully not. There is just no way to depend on New England weather.

 

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Fuki for Friday

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Early in the Springtime one of the first flowers I see are these from the plant Petasites japonicus. It’s a strange plant that I aquired years ago at the New Ipswich Children’s Fair.

The flower bud is known as Fuki and Japan and can be prepared as a vegetable after being treated with an alkaline mixture. I grew it for the huge leaves which look almost tropical.It is supposed to be invasive but I find it to be quite well behaved and I like the patch that I’ve established in our old cellar hole.

Japanese Butterbur by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Odd Flowers

 

Japanese Butterbur by John Poltrack on 500px.com
The leaves are enormous, the appear to be tropical

 

Good Friday Flowers

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Good Morning,

The freezing rain this morning will not dampen my Easter mood. I love this holiday, a celebration of rebirth, a time to be with family and friends. I was looking for some photos of Hyacinths, a flower I associate with Easter but visually the flower is not that interesting to me. My memories are triggered by its delightful scent, not its appearance.

I’m including a “photo” that I made without using a camera, something that anyone with a flatbed scanner can try. The name for this technique is scanography.

The orchid photos were taken at Mason Hollow Nursery in Mason, NH. I’ll update this posting when I learn of the variety (if you know, leave me a comment)

Amaryllis by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Three Amaryllis Blossoms on a HP Scanner

 

Orchidaceae by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Orchid at Mason Hollow Nursery

 

Orchidaceae by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Orchid at Mason Hollow Nursery

 

Helleborus 2016

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Spring arrives for me when I see the first blooms of the season. The first bloomers are the crocus and Hellebore. Both plants aren’t bothered by the cold or eaten by some critter. The hellebore is one plant that is deer resistant. Spring officially arrives on March 20th, 2016 and the weather prediction is for the heaviest snow of the season. Welcome to New England.

Helleborus by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Hellebore

 

Flowering Quince

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24 days till Spring although yesterday the temperatures were close to 60 degrees along with high winds and thunder and lightning.

I featuring a flowering quince for my floral friday photo theme. This is a spring blooming shrub which is member of the rose family.

Flowering Quince by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Chaenomeles (Flowering Quince)

 

Yellow Clivia

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While I was volunteering at the Green Center my friend Norma brought me a yellow clivia. I’m a big fan of these plants although they are susceptiple to mealy bugs. I need to be diligent about swabbing them with alcohol on a q-tip.

Just a few days ago the plant flowered.A nice treat for late winter.

Winter Bloom by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Yellow Clivia

 

Winter Bloom by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Yellow Clivia

 

Winter Bloom by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Yellow Clivia

 

Winter Bloom by John Poltrack on 500px.com
Yellow Clivia

 

Floral Friday

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Brrrrr,

I attempt to walk every morning in all types of weather with one exception. The temperature reading needs to be in double digits (on the Fahrenheit Scale). The current temperature is now 1/2 of a degree. It warmed up a bit from the overnight lows but I pity anyone that needs to go out into this. I miss the balmy days of December in shortsleeves on Christmas Day.

I picked a photo from the middle of summer featuring some of the daylilies that I purchased from Cathy and Gary Johnson’s Daylily Farm at 48 Mason Road, New Ipswich,NH.

Each blossom lasts for only one day by John Poltrack on 500px.com