Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday Workday

 So much left to do and so many fewer hours!

There's a lot of satisfaction that comes from cleaning up the beds, getting plants ready for their long sleep and watching for the process to start over again, but there is one part of my garden that .... well, doesn't exist.  

I love tulips and all the little beauties that come up in early spring and summer - freesias and ranunculus - but there are very few in my yard.  One clump of daffodils has bloomed since the first year and there are two small clumps of tulip that have survived for several (three, maybe) years but I drive around and see tulips everywhere in April.  Other people have lots of little things popping up and i have little or no luck with them.  

This lot is heavy with clay - dark, gray, slimy clay!

So, I'm trying something new.
I have filled my biggest pot with bulbs!  Way too many bulbs.  There are tulips [Valentine Candy blend], scilla [Siberica], chionodoxa ['Pink Giant' - don't know what it is, but pink!], freesia and ranunculus [rainbow, pastel and picotee] all layered, fed, watered and snuggly nestled down for a winter's sleep. A total of 85 bulbs!  I know they won't all come up, but i will be  thrilled with a quarter.

Hope Springs Eternal.  Or is it, Spring Hopes are Eternal?


  1. I love it! 85 are going to have a symphony of color come spring, I can feel it! Be sure to report back when they see the light of have peaked my curiosity. I also want to thank you for your very kind and thoughtful comment on my expat blog. I am very grateful for the time you take to read and comment Webb...feels like old friends when you do. It has been quite a while..thank you!! xx. ;)

  2. I think the best way to plant bulbs in a pot is cheek to jowl. Freesias are my favorite flower, but I have never been able to grow them. Now tulips .., no problem there, but frankly, I dislike them.

    It should be a grand display in a couple of months. Be here before you know it.

    1. Dislike tulips? Can we remain friends after that admission? I'm really willing to overlook a lot, but that? Beyond the pale - whatever that actually means!

      Well, tell you what. In the interest of remaining friends ... I promise to take all of your future tulips so you don't have to deal with them. They might be my favorite flower. And freesias, too, and ranunculus. So far, I have been fabulously bad at growing all three. Maybe this pot thingy will work.

    2. Oh dear, we don't want to break a friendship over tulips! Of all things! Call it a "problem with my heritage". See me with that funny little hat, in wooden shoes, Gouda cheese in one hand and tulips in the other? :-)

  3. Whoa. 85 is...a lot. But my husband the logistician would be very proud of you. That's called the law of probability. Or the law of percentages. One of the 2. Regardless, you are BOUND to have bunches of tulips come April. Unless they turn into little beta tulips and try to eat each other.