About mid-January Living Gardens contacted me and offered to send me one of their pre-forced bulb arrangements. As someone who has promoted bulb forcing as a way for cold climate gardeners to keep their sanity during our long winter, how could I refuse? When the expertly-packaged box arrived, the bulbs were already peeking through.That reassured me, because once they’ve gotten that far along there’s really no stopping them. Since I like my pleasures to last, I chose to keep them in one of the cooler rooms in the house. That way they’d take their sweet time to bloom, and the blooms would last longer. If I had wanted to speed things up, I could have kept this basket in a warmer room. Did I mention daffodils are one of my favorite flowers? One or two of the buds are just a day away from blooming, and I can hardly wait!
In other news, my confused amaryllis, the one I tried to induce dormancy in and then gave up on that when it was down to two leaves, that amaryllis has a bud emerging!This is, of course, the same time it would have put out a bud in any event. I think I am going to give up trying to induce anything and just pay attention to what the plant seems to want to do, and reconcile myself to the idea that I will never grow an amaryllis that behaves the way it’s supposed to.
Inspired by the words of Elizabeth Lawrence, “We can have flowers nearly every month of the year,” Carol of May Dreams Gardens started Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of every month, garden bloggers from all over the world publish what is currently blooming in their gardens, and leave a link in Mr. Linky and the comments of May Dreams Gardens.