Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A glimpse of Spring in January

I don't know about you, but January is such a blah month for me. My house seems so empty and plain after I've taken down all the Christmas decorations, and my yard is barren, too, with most trees and plants still in their dormant stage. It's about this time every year I get the itch to plant and get some color and liveliness back into my house. I started buying fresh flowers each week, but that can get a bit pricey. After wandering through the nursery dreaming of spring, I decided to pick up some bulbs and try my hand at forcing them indoors. There are several types of bulbs conducive to forcing: crocuses, daffodils and paperwhites (Narcissus), hyacinths and tulips. The process is very simple: choose your bulbs, chill them for about a week or two (place them in your refrigerator or store them outside if cold enough), then plant. Smaller pots, around 6" in diameter are best, and you can use either potting soil or rocks to cover the bulbs (for tulips and daffodils, leave the tops of the bulbs exposed). Water after planting, then keep the soil moist until growth is visible. If plants get tall and top-heavy, cut some tree branches and poke in the soil around the bulbs for support.

Forcing bulbs is an easy and satisfying way to have beautiful flowers indoors during the blah winter months. Your spirits will be lifted when you're surrounded by bright floral displays and fragrant aromas, another wonderful gift from nature!


Cindy said...

This time of year they are sooooo needed! Very pretty. I just love the picture and the scripture from Ecclesiates you have at the top of your blog!

Dancing Queen said...

i could not agree with you more! not sure i can do bulbs though...i'm doing good just to keep the indoor plants i do have alive:) yours look gorgeous!!

yes, jack is 6 and usually has just gone along for the sit in the blind, but since it was youth weekend, and all his cousins would be participating, wes wanted him to as well! i think he did most of the aiming & such, and just had jack come over to pull the trigger! they were both so proud & excited & are freezer is full of meat...i keep throwing safety into our conversations just as a reminder and i know wes does old is your son?

Dancing Queen said...

our freezer...oops!!

Dancing Queen said...

can't wait to hear how you spent your fanTAbulOUS weekend alone!!!