A rainy Sunday meant fall clean-up couldn’t continue outside, but it was the perfect time to plant some bulbs indoors to provide some welcome color later this winter. I couldn’t make it through winter without the boisterous blooms of amaryllis. Hippeastrum, as they are botanically named, are easy to grow. So easy and determined to… Continue reading Forcing Bulbs for Winter Blooms
The first bulbs to bloom in my garden are snowdrops. They started blooming earlier this year than I can ever remember – February 10th in my garden – as a result of several unseasonably warm days. Unlike Puxsutawney Phil who prognosticated six more weeks of winter and went back to sleep, snowdrops took a leap… Continue reading Snowdrops are blooming!
It takes a leap of faith to plant most bulbs. We plant them in fall and then wait, trusting our efforts will pay off in joyful spring color. Experienced gardeners gladly take the leap, but beginners may need a faster payoff. Colchicums are a great place to start. Colchicums grow from corms (short, thick, bulb-like… Continue reading Plant Colchicums for Fall Flowers
It is a day I look forward to every winter. The bud has been opening slowly, flirtatiously over the last few days and today it has reached the culmination of the energy stored in that voluptuous bulb planted several weeks ago. I plant several types each winter and this one has reached the finish line… Continue reading My amaryllis bloomed today!