As I look out the window in my workspace, I note with some amusement that it's sunny and snowing at the same time. Typical for this area, but still...the bright sunshine makes me want to get outside. Unfortunately, the snow makes it a bit less than pleasant.

The good news is that my indoor garden has given me a few cheerful notes. My lemon verbena still has plenty of leaves on it. The poor thing tends to drop them once it comes in for the winter. I'm sympathetic. It also seems to have fended of the usual aphid and spider mite infestations so far this year. I don't know what my yearly infestation of ladybugs is going to eat now. Most years the ladybugs present me with a new generation on this plant. I guess we'll all find out. I'll keep you posted.

As if to make up for my disappointment when I realized last week that the crocus bulbs won't be blooming on the windowsill this year, I have blooms coming in two of my “mini gardens”. I have a small collection of airplants ( Tillandsia spp) and my Medusa has presented me with two bloom spikes. They look like they'll be opening soon.

I also have a collection of amaryllis (Hippeastrum) of the big box store Christmas bulb varieties. I've had them for years and they bloom regularly when they feel like it. One has actually multiplied for me (I'll be so proud when that one blooms!). There hasn't been a new variety available for a very long time. A few weeks ago, my family gifted me with a white flowering one. This week it also sent up two bloom spikes. I can hardly wait to see them.

As to this week's Noble Interest, I've chosen a tree that's a bit less commonly known. At least, I think it is. To quote a semi-famous commercial- let's find out.

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