Lady Derby, Heirloom Hyacinth, 1875
Oh, happy day! The sun is shining!
A thin layer of ice melts from the garden. Hyacinth do their level best to shake off the last remnants of winter, providing a wee bit of spring color.
General Kohler Heirloom Hyacinth. (1878)
Find rare Hyacinth at Old House Gardens.
I love cats, hate litter boxes.
On the last sunshine-y day (which feels like a lifetime ago) I put his litter box outdoors in celebration of spring. Transforming him into a full on outdoor cat.
He woke me at dawn to inform me that I had absolutely jumped the gun on the switching of seasons. And, it is waaaaay too chilly to expect him to do his business outdoors.
It's been cold.
When I went to pick up my eggs, heat lamps were warming Bob's designer chickens.
I force Tulips every year, because it works wonders on my mood when I wake to grey skies and April
Did you know that cut Tulips continue to grow in the vase?
Yes, indeedy, they do. And, they don't last very long as cut flowers
because they need energy from the bulb for best blossoms.
That's a cat in the background. Pete likes my Tulips, too!
I grew these bulbs next to my computer so, during the work week, I could watch them quietly move from bud to blossom.
On the home front, it was another week of waiting...
Waiting with baited breath for the sun to warm our bones, for the blessings of spring to boost our spirits.
Meanwhile, back on the windowsill..
We've got pumpkins!
And Tomato plants. Rosemary, Hollyhocks. Percolating nicely in the sunny window.
Buckets and buckets of happy Tulips...
And, a bear problem.
Actually, I'm a brand new member and I wouldn't have become a member at all if I had attended a meeting before I paid my dues.
The first meeting was all about defending yourself against bear attacks.
Apparently, they have counted 45 black bears on the trails we were planning to ride.
The forest service calls them opportunistic predators.
Meaning... they're not plotting to heist your picnic type basket. They're planning to eat you for dinner.
|We participate in search and rescue on horseback.|
It's downright amazing how many tourists get lost in these woods.
"Kate!" Calls the woman in charge. "You need to know this stuff," she says.
"I already know what to do," I replied. (And, I'll bet you know, too.)
Best way to prevent a bear attack is to go ride somewhere else.
Or, if you must be out on that trail... Make darn sure you're riding the faster horse! :)
Tulip growth is affected by gravity and light. Flowers will curve upwards and bend toward the sun. In the garden, Tulips and Daffodils are BFFs. In the vase, not so much.
- Plant Daffodils to surround your precious Tulip bulbs ~ critters can't smell your Tulips and therefore won't eat them.
- Cut Daffodil stems emit a sap-like substance that can kill cut Tulips, if placed in the same vase.
PS: Folks have been asking about the Hyacinth. They are all heirlooms, available at Old House Gardens because I'm doing my part to prevent these stunning flowers from disappearing from our world. Old House did not compensate me, in any way, for plugging their terrific cause and company.