January in Oklahoma is shades of gray and brown with the occasional hint of red from a male Cardinal. What would we do without those gorgeous red birds every winter? Go mad? I don’t want to consider the possibilities. Carol is hosting the monthly Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, and you might wonder what I could possibly offer in winter.
We often get ice storms this month and the occasional snow fall, but today, nothing but shivering cold. I work out indoors and drink hot tea as if my life depends upon it. I type and ponder the charms of April flowers, rain showers and skies.
I also garden. I always have a few houseplants, but it was Elizabeth Licata of Garden Rant and Gardening While Intoxicated who encouraged me to grow more than just amaryllis indoors. I was inspired by her symphony of indoor and outdoor blooms, and this winter, I feel like I am gardening with plants to occasionally water, and an amaryllis, or six. In fact, I was just sent a gift of two amaryllis in the coolest crate by Longfield Gardens. Thank you. I potted them up and placed the crate near a sunny exposure. They should be growing soon too.
Crocus tommassinianus is finally showing green in a green forcing bowl, Iris reticulata, all sorts of narcissus, including ‘Erlicheer’ are tall and green, but not yet blooming. ‘Cheefulness’ sits in a window in a pink McCoy forcing bowl. ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’ was planted in December in a fit of ordering madness. ‘Inbal’ paperwhites already bloomed and smelled lovely. Elizabeth says she will try any bulb, and I’ve even placed tulips in a sunny window after they sat in the fridge. Hyacinths are everywhere, in forcing vases and other vases I’ve commandeered as such.
Since I started late on the first group and then did a second, later planting, I had an blooming lull. So, I went to my local grocery store, Homeland, and bought some just as they were about to burst into bloom. These hyacinths and the tiniest daffodil sit near my writing desk where I can smell and look upon them in wonder. They join three different amaryllis and some crocus in their green coats waiting to burst forth.
It truly is like springtime throughout the house because I’ve placed them everywhere I sit and read. I will order even more bulbs this fall and plan to place tulips in pots in the garage for quick bloom outside too. Is it madness? Sure, but who cares?