Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Update on My Winter Bulb Experiment and Look What I Woke Up to This Morning

Look at the foot of snow that fell last night. We had just been experiencing unusually warm temperatures for a few days. It was sooo nice! As with all good things they must come to an end eventually.

Instead of the morning run, I traded in my running shoes for snow boots and shoveled the driveway for an hour! Ugh!

Take a look at my paperwhite bulbs! They are growing! I just might have flowers for Christmas. I'll keep my fingers crossed.


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

All I Want For Christmas is My Flowers To Be in Bloom!

Because I have enjoyed so many great posts on amaryllis the last couple weeks, I couldn't resist trying my hand at growing some winter-blooming bulbs this year. I didn't have great luck finding a wide variety of bulbs, so I decided to purchase some Paperwhite bulbs as well as 'Apple Blossom' Amaryllis and look for more unique varieties in the future. Kathleen, over at http://www.kaseyskorner.typepad.com/ referred me to a book called Amaryllis-author is Star Ockenga, if you are interested in growing varieties that are a little more unusual.

Paperwhites in a galvanized container. Another great container idea is to plant them in glass cylinder vases like Kathleen did. This helps to keep them more upright. I guess another solution might be to stake them if they flop over and get a little unruly.

Now I wait with anticipation for my bulbs to bloom into beautiful flowers. It is miraculous thing to see such beauty evolve from a simple seed or bulb! Please Grow! Grow! Grow!

I'll keep you posted on the progress of my winter bulb experiment!