Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Our daughter in front of  big red tulips - 1984
Two of these tulips continue to bloom each year
and our daughter does, too.

Here is what I am looking forward to in Spring:

I love spring flowers.  The earlier they bloom, the better. My favorites are purple spring crocus and grape hyacinths, big colorful hyacinths, and big red tulips. I am hoping I won't be disappointed this Spring.

Do any of you put things away and then completely forget about them?  A few months ago when I bought these, someone told me that it was probably still too warm to plant them.  I put them away. Thanksgiving came. Then Christmas took up all of my brain space. One day, while looking at Helena's Hem & Tradgard blog  http://helenashemotradgard.blogspot.com/  she had the most beautiful bulbs blooming in pots inside her home.  It was like an alarm went off in my brain--MY FLOWER BULBS!.  I took them out of where I had stored them, which was covered with Christmas stuff waiting to be put away.  Some were starting to sprout a little.  One had rotted.  It was really cold that day.  More days went by.  My husband and I came down with the cold/flu.  It continued to be windy and cold.  New Year's Eve had come and gone, the bulbs were still in their plastic packages. Finally, three days ago, it was about forty degrees outside, the snow had melted, the ground was damp and easy to shovel. Come heck or high water, those bulbs had to be planted. My bad knees won't allow me to use a shovel.  My husband was sweet and dug the holes for my big red tulips, colorful hyacinths, and one bag of crocus.  I was able to use the garden trowel to dig an area for another bag of crocus.  Instead of planting in individual holes, he dug various big holes and I put several bulbs in each hole.  I hope the bulbs will be happy and bloom where they are planted.  I will be checking for little sprouts near the end of February.

There are no pictures of all of this activity. It may have been 40 degrees, but the wind was right out of the North.  It was face-stinging cold. We were both too busy digging and planting to take pictures.  All we could think of was getting our cough-wracked selves back into the warm house and why had we not planted them back before it got so cold. Note to self: Never wait 'til cold weather to do what you can do while it's warm!

Wish me (and the bulbs) luck.  I suppose they will need all of the help they can get after being planted so late. I'll keep you posted about how they do.


  1. Well...for christmas I asked for a attatchment for a drill that digs holes for bulbs! I got it, figure I can drill the hole so much easier. I planted some this fall, seems something has eating a few of the ones I had.
    Anxious to see yours blooming!

  2. I love the folwers I planted some in my garden . happy 2013 for you

  3. Hi there, thanks for stopping by my blog.
    I am looking forward to spring also, I love daffodils blooming!

  4. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that Spring will be bursting with blooms!

  5. Oh, yes, I have done that before! Well, at least you got them in the ground, and they have a good chance of doing great! I really want to thank you so much for your kind words and all your encouragement and prayers for my dad and us. You are just so kind and I really appreciate it so much. I have an update if you would like to read it. I look forward to Spring and warm weather and cheerful flowers!

  6. Tulips are my favorite, but I have no luck growing them in VT because they are mostly mouse food over the winter months. I leave the grape hyacynth and daffodil bulbs in all year and they cme back like weeds each year.

  7. I am sooo not a gardener...good luck with yours.