Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, It's the Plants, Darling

Keeping me sane

IMG_2262As the winter winds to its possible close, here are some images of my indoor gardening efforts.

IMG_2134These Madame Sophie hyacinths have a looser flowering habit than others, but they’re quite charming.

IMG_2190Splendid Cornelia in forcing glasses


IMG_2194Vuurbank hyacinths

Strangely, non-tazetta narcissus take just as long to force as tulips, so I’m still waiting for those. No rant this week, just pictures! But don’t worry, I have plenty to say about worthless crap and horrible display gardens at home and garden shows—look for that soon.

Posted by on March 11, 2014 at 9:04 am, in the category Designs, Tricks, and Schemes, It's the Plants, Darling.
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5 responses to “Keeping me sane”

  1. Hyacinths and other bulbs are a treat while waiting for Spring. Yours are beautiful.

    Do you plant out the bulbs once blooms are spent? They DO return in the garden despite what ‘experts’ say. At least mine do, even the ones I used to force in water.

    • I have heard that they will return, maybe skipping a season, but I don’t have enough space. I like to change my bulbs every year, and—most important—I don’t like the look of hyacinths outside. they tend to flop. The Spanish ones (hyacinthoides, I think?) are better; they naturalize and I do have those.

  2. Marcia says:

    A gray tree frog wandered into my life a few years ago. I won’t explain how. Let’s just say I have to feed her crickets, of course. Sometimes the pet store gives me crickets that are a bit too large (and they grow fast with the proper nutrition), so in the winter months, I give these large ones a nice terrarium. They chirp as I sleep and remind me of the warm summer nights when the agastache is fragrant and the evenings are still. (They don’t live long, but if they do, I will free them when it heats up outdoors.)

    It keeps me sane.

  3. Karla says:

    I love it that you still have a banana that you over-winter. I thought I was one of the few that still kept those around. I adore hyacinths but I don’t force them. I’ll rescue them from the grocery and box stores on occasion. Nothing like them. Just the sight of them has cheered me up. Enjoy.

  4. Of Gardens says:

    Amen to that! even my not yet blooming geranium is keeping me sane.
    To see some really wonderful winter blooms head over to Matt Mattus’ blog
    It’s almost like having a green house of one’s own.