Of hyacinth bulbs and rats

For those who read this blog regularly, you know I often force bulbs in winter to keep my gardening chops alive and kicking. Who am I kidding? I start bulbs in winter to keep from losing my ever-loving mind. Most of January 2019, was cloudy, and February started out the same with the addition of…

How to grow amaryllis and paperwhites indoors

I grow a variety of flower bulbs indoors, but my favorites in December and January are amaryllis (Hippeastrum sp.) and paperwhites (Narcissus tazetta.) After all, it’s always been my contention on this blog that blooming plants beat the winter blues. Some bulbs, like hyacinths and tulips, need a cooling period before you can coax them into…