In search of perfect paperwhites . . . haven't gotten there yet. But I've learned that pebbles just don't work for me.
Spring is right around the corner, and I've been going through photos of the garden bed adjoining our back deck. My, has it grown up--but it also needs tinkering. If you're looking for some flower power to get you through mud season, c'mon over and check this post out. Who knows? Maybe you'll get some ideas for your own spring renovation.
Bulb forcing has had its ups and downs this winter, but I continue to experiment. One day I'll figure out what works best, but in the meantime, come learn along with me!
There is probably a machine that does what I did today, and does it faster, and maybe even does it better. But I don't know where I would find that machine, and even if I did, I probably wouldn't be able to afford it, not even to rent it. So it doesn't make any difference, except if I had done it with a machine, no one would think I was crazy. But I had a Vision of what I wanted to see come spring, and I was determined.
It's like Christmas, except instead of tumbling downstairs to see what "Santa" left me under the tree, I'm dashing out the door every day to see what's blooming in each garden bed. Believe me, I know where to look, and I usually spot each emerging plant when its tip first pierces the surface. Yes, it's spring! Wanna see what I got?
I have lots of spring flowers blooming in my garden, but I've posted pictures of most of them in previous years. However, I have many daffodils that are new this year or at least blooming for the first time, so I've decided to focus on them. Just for fun, I'm including them in a gallery. [...]
I've got daffodils on my mind. Daffodils and snowdrops. As another several inches of snow fall from the sky, and the temperature once again plummets below zero (Fahrenheit), my craving for spring grows ever stronger, and every night before getting ready for bed, I go to my happy place, the springtime of the mind. One [...]
I have to agree with Donna Donabella that "the majority of flowers blooming are those usually seen at the end of April, not the middle of May." But it's weirder than that. Because after a very cold, excruciatingly slow spring, we suddenly got very warm weather, which speeded everything up. Consequently, on a drive through [...]
I practice what I preach. I make sure I have plants to help get me through the winter.In fact, that pot of narcissus was in my last post about cabin fever. Flowers Now, and More Flowers Later Yes, that is the same red dragonwing begonia from last winter. Last winter I brought a fairly big [...]
A couple of years ago, I told you to choose your fall-planted bulb locations now, when the snow is just beginning to melt. Of course, it helps to have snow. We finally got some, and I thought you'd like to know I'm following my own advice. I went around the yard, camera in hand, taking [...]