Winter saved its gray for the last of February. This week is full of snow and or rain, followed by, snow and rain. Then, we can expect another helping of- can you guess- snow.. and or rain. We might even get some fog thrown in between. But, it is good for pots of seed outside: the Litchfield Hills snow cover. Welcome.
While working in the greenhouse this past weekend, I noticed a visual change in the coloring. The lachenalias and narcissus still rule, with a golden yellow, but the blues are building with bravado. Tropaeolum azureum, which is having a splendid season, is starting to open. This South American climber picks its way up a trellis and cascades thickly. There were some losses this year in the greenhouse when an automatic vent failed to close, but this nasturtium was not among them. It picks up the color from a fading Tecophilea cyanocrocus violacea (another SA native) and blows it banner wide. Blue is good.
Continuing with my study of the Primulaceae, we move on to more photos of seed. These are what seem to be allied genera (to me). I was interested to see the cortusa seed looks much like the androsace. The scale here is one square equals 5 mm.