Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Do you long for a bit of spring? I do. As much as I’m enjoying the cold and nesting inside, a part of my mind has already moved on to what I want to do in my gardens this year. Especially now that all those lovely seed catalogs are arriving!
Yesterday it was a bit warmer (today it’s going to be in the 40’s and tomorrow low 50’s-yippee!) and I took a stroll around my yard and noticed that some of my Jonquils are starting to poke through the cold frozen earth. You can just see the tippy tops!
Every year I force (tricking them into blooming earlier than they normally would) bulbs so that I can get a bit of an early spring. I do the easy ones, Hyacinths, Crocus, Paper Whites, and Amaryllis. I don’t try Tulips anymore. I find them difficult because they need a long chilling period and I can’t be bothered. I always buy a few pots of forced Tulips at the grocery store (my Kroger already has them) instead.
The silver pots that look sort of like Mercury Glass were purchased at Target’s after Christmas clearance. One is an Amaryllis and one is Paper White Narcissus. They always have these bulb kits availble during Christmas and I always buy them AFTER Christmas! I think I paid $5 for the pot, dirt & bulbs. A good deal seeing how I can use the pots all year long.
The blooms are beginning to open! It’s only been a little over two weeks since I potted these up. So it’s not too late to start now. Especially those of you who have long winters. I was in Home Depot a few days ago and they still had bulb kits (pots, dirt, bulbs) on clearance.
The Amaryllis will take longer. But the Hyacinth has already bloomed. Hyacinths have THE most wonderful fragrance!
Here’s my little indoor bulb garden so far. What a joy to have a taste of spring when it's so cold outside.
I put my little Jonquils in one of my soup tureens ( I’ve never served soup in ANY of my tureens!)
Just a bit of spring indoors to keep me going until I can get outside. Do you force bulbs too?