April 12th, 2013
I heard that lovely “beep…beep…beep” sound today that I associate with spring. No, it wasn’t a bird call. It was Chris, my UPS driver backing up after dropping off two big boxes of flower bulbs for my Maryland garden.
Spring! I love to walk around with the little dogs and see the garden awake.
I snapped my annual shot of a cute Papillion next to the young, flowering yoshino cherry tree. This year’s supermodel is Sarah.
The mixed daffodil bulbs are up and blooming by the driveway and near the hay field. There is a house I pass on the way to town with thousands of daffodils—all of the same variety. It’s quite a display. But I love the mix of all the different types of daffodils all mingled together. You can’t see them in this photo, but there are bunches of little muscari bulbs mingled among the daffs.
The edgeworthia that began blooming several months ago will soon be losing its flowers. This is a shrub that goes the extra mile with all-season interest. You can just see the flowering quince that’s about to burst forth in the background.
And speaking of plants with staying power, I love this lettuce mix that made it through the winter! But sadly, it is now chicken food since it is bitter. No worries though. I have a whole new crop of spinach and lettuce planted in the potager garden.
This year I am all about containers. The pansies and ornamental oregano make nice early spring transition plants. But I have big, big, big plans this year for containers!
Posted In: Gardening
Tags: bulbs, daffodils, edgeworthia, lettuce, seasons, spring, Vegetables
February 7th, 2012
Harry (entering the house): What is that horrible smell?
Me: Smell? You mean dinner?
Harry: No, worse than that. It smells like Sarah was sprayed by a skunk again. Did she?
Me: No skunk. Now that you mention it though, there is a rank odor in here.
Harry (following his nose): UGH. It’s these things!
Me: By “these things” do you mean the hyacinths?
Harry: Is “hyacinth” the word for stinky flower?
Me: Aren’t they pretty? I forced them in these cute little hyacinth vases.
Harry: You forced them to do what? Smell bad?
Me: No, silly. Those are the bulbs you kept asking me why I was keeping them in the refrigerator. But now that you mention it, I have had a dull headache since they started blooming. But aren’t they pretty?
Harry: Okay, but they stink. Can you put them somewhere we can see them but can’t smell them?
Me: Good idea.
Posted In: Flowers
Tags: bulbs, Flowers, forcing bulbs, hyacinths