I have planted 400 crocuses (half vernus), 60 daffodils (Tete a Tete and Earlicheer (20ct on sale for no money at Wayside)), 100 iris reticulata(Harmony), and about 15 hyacinths (L’Innocense) so far. Tomorrow I get my Brent and Beckys order – 50 N. Sweetness and 50 N. some early blooming jonquil linnaeus or campernelli something, and a hyacinth called Chestnut. Have trouble finding homes for everyone, and hard to believe that this was a whittled down list. Curse myself for making more work for myself, but hoping it will be worth it come March and April.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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