The gardens of Paris have already removed the temporary chrysanthemums and replaced them with the pitiful pansies of winter. That's all we will see, or empty flower beds, until the spring daffodils arrive.
"Pitiful Pansies of Winter" ~~ sounds like a bad novel!
Spindrift, check your camera. It might well have a video setting. That is certainly not good quality reproduction, but it serves to capture certain things and also records sounds.
As for the envy ~~ the chill factor where you are allows you to have things that won't grow in the humid heat where Casimira lives, nor in the extended dry season where I am. Remember, "English roses" is said as practically one word by many gardeners.
Yes on the youtube. I mentioned it somewhere else, but don't remember where. I suggest registering under your internet name, rather than your real name. Then you can allow everyone to see your videos. You could probably make a second account if you wanted it to be more private for family pictures and the like.
When you register & stay signed in, every time you visit youtube you'll see your name in the upper right corner, along with a button that says "upload". Simply press that, & you'll be guided through the easy steps.
Check to see if you have Windows Movie Maker, which will help you stitch videos together, add captions, etc.
I have a small azalea that seems to be confused. It started off as two azaleas --one white and one dark pink. The pink one disappeared but the remaining one is white with some pink flowers on one of the branches. These things are supposed to bloom in the spring, but this one has already started. This has been the case for the past few years. Just a few flowers and I think it will be exhausted by spring, but it just keeps on going. And it's just a small bush.
Kerouac, the reason they put the pansies in now is that those planted in the fall are much nicer and bushier in springtime than pansies planted in the spring. I do the same thing in my garden.
Bloom times of azaleas do vary. Some bloom more than once a year. Some do get "confused" because of varying climactic changes.A warm spell in the autumn can mimic springtime etc. As for color,gosh,there are so many hybrid azaleas. I've seen one bloom as you describe,it's called 'Apple Blossom',with both white blooms and pink. Reminds me,there is a plant,a woody shrub by the name of Brunfelsia,AKA,"Yesterday,Today and Tomorrow",so named because the blooms are rich violet which fade to blue-lavender,to white over 2 to 3 days at a time. Years ago,a good friend of ours passed away and a mutual friend asked me to help him pick out a plant to give to the family. He chose a Brunfelsia. When he went to give it to the family,they asked him what it was called. My friend said (in all innocence mind you),"Here Today,Gone Tomorrow". I had to leave the room I was laughing so hard... Sorry,had to share that.
Bjd, I think you have what is called a Belgian azalea. Many sources call them early Spring bloomers, but I believe they are really affected by the climate in which they're grown. They are sold here as re-bloomers, which I totally disbelieved until I saw it happen. Here is an old article from Sunset magazine indicating just how variable they can be. And this page lists three different bloom times.
Mine is the japonica kind, although it is pretty small and hasn't grown much in the past 5 years. I think the varied colouring -- and that's only on one branch -- happened because the previous pink azalea that used to be close to it must have spread some pollen or something.
I, of course, have never made one, but that would hardly stop me from recommending that someone else go to all that trouble.
I didn't interpret your original post correctly, thus didn't understand that the little guy is going to bloom again in Spring. This makes me all the more convinced that it's a matter of climate, ergo the reblooming azaleas found here.
I really like those Brugmansia, Casimira -- they are gorgeous. I have never seen any in nurseries here, but saw them growing wild in the countryside and in gardens in Ecuador. Apparently you make a drug with the berries or something inside the flower. It's called scopolamine. Dangerous in anything but very small doses.
They are gorgeous plants and bloom quite regularly on a lunar cycle. Many cultivars with different colors available. I am partial to the all white as they bloom nocturnally and the white shows up so beautifully when in full bloom. I think the white is also more fragrant. They are in the nightshade family and have many psychoactive properties. Some years back some very foolish youths here "experimented" with and one ended up in a coma as result of an overdose.Consequently gave the plant a very bad rap and people were wary of planting it in their gardens. There's much very fascinating info in the link below about. Very much revered in the South American countries among shaman.(I have never tried and don't plan to).
Trivia ~~ back in the 60s there was briefly a move afoot to ban morning glories, the seeds of which can apparently be used as a hallucinogen. The specter of baffled blue-haired ladies being hustled off to the slammer squelched the idea.
Casimira, I think your loquats are different from mine. I posted a picture here (last photo, Reply #24). If you look at them side-by-side, the leaves appear different.
I never knew the name of the yellow brugsmania -- thanks.
Aside: I couldn't remember where I'd posted the pic of the loquat, which meant lots of rummaging through AnyPort. Boy, there are great threads all over this forum. I need to get lost more often!
Found it. Yes,the leaves are different. Now, I remember when you were showing us the actual fruit to make your chutney with,I remarked at how small the fruit seemed in comparison to the loquats here. Indeed a different cultivar.
Casimira that was one of my grandmother's beloved camellias, although Debutante was her favorite.
I was pleased to see this rose blooming, not least because I'd forgotten which one it was. It was one of the few that survived the move. An interesting feature is that it will fade to chocolate, but retain its yellow stripes.