It’s possible we had our last warm day of the year this past weekend — it was 75 degrees on Sunday! — and I took advantage of it by spending some quality time in the garden.
A couple of weeks ago I spotted some Hyacinthus bulbs at Costco for a reasonable $15. There were 28 bulbs in the pack, far too many for us to use, so we split them with my parents. They had purchased a different pack of bulbs and split those with us. We’re going to have so many flowers come spring!
My first time planting bulbs
Using my genius idea from last year, I found my leftover golf tees and painted the tips purple. Once everything dies back for the winter, these will help me know where to look for new growth. I used a $0.59 bottle of acrylic paint that I had on-hand (it’s Husky purple!) and painted the tops. They dried within a couple of hours.
Purple bulb markers
Once the paint on the tees was dry, it was time to get to planting! I dug my holes per the specifications and covered them back up with dirt.
Bulbs = planted
And…that’s it. Bulbs are so easy!
Looking forward to the spring and all of our new flowers!
Just a few weeks ago I planted some spring bulbs and guess what? They’re already coming up!
Before too long they’ll be flowering up a storm. I’ve also been really impressed with our ferns. We have planted 19 varieties of ferns in the backyard in the past year and I’m happy to report that they’re coming back! We’ve had great luck/green-thumb-skill with most all of them except for a sword fern that we might have overly cut back. (Possibly thanks for nothing, Cisco.)
Ferns: returning! Love me some fiddleheads
Japanese painted fern
This is a Japanese Painted Fern that we thought was a goner, having been dug up by squirrels. BUT: We’ve got fiddle heads!
Here’s a wide shot of the fern garden…and the cats. I love spring.
Cats in the fern garden!
Our camellia has already returned to full glory. Here’s the evidence:
The warm, sunny weather combined with intermittent rain have been great for the garden. Check back for more garden updates!