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  • PLANTING TULIPS NOW?????

    Posted on February 17th, 2011 Pam No comments

    It may seem strange but, yes, I am planting tulips now. I have kept lots of tulips, daffodils and Muscari in my crisper. Depending on the bulb they need a cold treatment of 8 to 14 weeks before they will bloom. I try to have flowers blooming in my house all Winter, it helps keep a little Spring in the air.

    After leaving my bulbs in the crisper for several months, they are now ready to ‘force’. So yesterday when the weather was warm???? and the temperature was around 50 degrees, I thought I would plant a few pots of bulbs. I used gallon pots and planted 5 tulips, 4 daffodils and 4 Muscari, (grape hyacinths) in about 14 pots.

    Here is a view of the inside of one pot. As you can see, the bulbs are packed in the pot.

    It is best to put as many bulbs in a pot as you can. But try not to have them touch each other, or the pot. Leave the tips of the bulbs showing above the potting soil and water them well.

    Here is my set-up, I planted a total of 20 pots.

    It is also important to mark the pots. Here I have used a plastic fork to write DX8 King Alfred. This means I have planted 8 King Alfred Daffodils in this pot. I could have included a date, but I have that information in my journal.

    Notice the information on the fork in the pot on the right side.

    I will keep you updated on the progress of these pots. WISH ME LUCK!!!!!!

  • First April Bouquet

    Posted on April 7th, 2010 Pam No comments

    These are wild tulips, I grew them on the back porch. I planted them in November and began to water them in February. They are very cute. You can tell they are very small, they are in a small cup with marbles.

  • Bits and Pieces

    Posted on March 18th, 2010 Pam No comments

    Here are just a few garden pictures I have taken in the last few weeks.

    They really don’t deserve there own day on my blog, so I just put them all together.

    1. This picture shows a small row of tulips, I planted them about three years ago. That is why they are kind of thick. This picture was taken on March 8, 2010. It shows them coming up through a hard crust.

    2a. This shows a crocus bud. The date is March 8, 2010.

    2b. This shows the same bud on March 14th.

    2c. Here is the very same crocus in full bloom on March 17th.

    2d. This is a darker crocus. I love this picture.

    3. This picture is kind of cool. It shows a pine tree which is about 1 foot tall. The snow has melted all around it. I watched this over and over all winter. This tree is located on the north side of the grainery, so it doesn’t get a lot of sun. I think living plants have their own heat, so the snow melts around them.

    4. This is a picture of my cat Shaker. He has such a different personality, he is a very cool cat. Here I am trying to take pictures of a bouquet of flowers and he has to be ‘involved’.

    5.This is a picture of a Columbine. I can’t believe it has started to grow. It is very soft and delicate.

    6. This is a picture of a mum, I don’t know what kind (notice the lady bug). It doesn’t bloom until fall, and doesn’t get really pretty until it freezes. It is a dark mahogony color. It is next to the house facing east. A perfect growing area.

    7. Here is some lilies. I can’t believe they are up already, again, by house facing east.

    8a. Here are ‘bunch’ of tulips on March 4, 2010.

    8b. Here they are again, on March 17, 2010.

    9a. Speaking of tulips, here are some I forced inside.

    9b. Here they are again March 17th.

    The neat thing about most of these pictures is that it shows the rapid growth this time of the year. Mother Nature at her best.