A Time For Everything

Gardening is regional and local. I was reminded of this on my trip a couple of weeks ago. I flew into Dallas and could see the spring trees flowering as we came in to land (that was all that I saw of Texas, but it was a lovely sight!)

When I flew into Oklahoma, nothing was flowering–not even the spring bulbs. You wouldn’t think a distance of a couple hundred miles would be so dramatic, but there it was.


And of course here in the frozen north, even now, all I have are the earliest of the spring bulbs–not even daffodils or tulips (although I have seen some very sorry looking tulips that folks have purchased somewhere and then put out in planters. We can still have snow yet–if tulips aren’t up in your yards, why might you think they’re okay in planters? I mean, I know we’re starved for color, but….)

The amazing thing is that out in California, they are pulling out their cool season annuals and planting warm season ones. A recent post by a great blogger a follow talked about this and it nearly blew my socks off. You can read that post here.

No matter what Tony is posting about, it’s always interesting.

I’m just looking forward to the time–say 6-8 weeks from now–when I can plant my own annuals!



On days like this, it’s lovely to have bulbs blooming all over my house–in fact, that’s why I do it!

Remember back in November when I started all the bulbs in vases of water? It was the weekend before Thanksgiving for those who missed that post or who are new to following me (so that would have been November 17/18, 2018–you need to plan ahead for these moments!)


At that point, I said that it would take 6-8 weeks for the smaller bulbs to bloom and perhaps a bit longer for the larger bulbs to bloom.


I was right on target for the smaller bulbs. The larger bulbs are faster than I expected-hooray!


Here are the paperwhite ‘Ziva’ It’s lovely to have their fragrance in the house too. Tying them up with the ribbon seems to concentrate the fragrance (if you’re better with ribbon than I am, you can make a nice bow).

I’ve recently started the last of my amaryllis. Let’s hope they surprise me with their speed too!

At Six Weeks, How Are Those Bulbs Looking?


You may remember that just before Thanksgiving I started some bulbs in little forcing glasses. These above are my snowdrops. You can see that one–the one in the front in the lightest blue colored vase–has a bud on it.


Here are the crocuses. Just like with the snowdrops, one corm is proving itself a renegade. It is showing green foliage, although its not near blooming yet. Everything else has at least a few more weeks.


And here are the hyacinths. They still have quite a ways to go, so much so that I moved them to a warmer spot. But there are still differences between the purple and the white ones. For the most part, the purple ones have a vigorous root system and no green growth.

The white ones are showing some green growth but erratic root development. Since these are only forced bulbs, I am not sure strong root development matters. We’ll see.

I will most likely post the blooms, when I have them, on Wordless Wednesdays, so I wanted to do a commentary now.