The only things blooming at RDR in January are those in my indoor garden: amaryllis, hyacinths, daffodils and lily of the valley, to name a few. This living menagerie is enough to get me through winter. As I wrote last week, blooming plants beat the winter blues. I started forcing hyacinths and milder scented paperwhites in September and October, the date dependent upon whether I wanted them for Christmas flowers or after. I try to time them for a continuous indoor garden from November through March. I also scour local nurseries and stores for other blooms too. The photo, above, although not blooming, is one of my favorites because there is so much promise of good things to come.
The hyacinths are just starting to peek out from behind their leaves with a few flowers opening. Before long, every room in the house will have a hyacinth or two. I never know how well they will bloom. It’s all about that cold period and timing. I will say this–I think that next year I will do the cold period on vase again. I think that worked better than throwing the bag into the refrigerator and only placing them on vase later. You can see how I forced bulbs in previous years by clicking on the link. I’m not sure there’s a foolproof way to do it, but that’s part of the charm. My climate is so variable that I can’t simply stick my bulbs up in my attic. I never know what winter will bring in Oklahoma. September through December was pretty warm. It’s been cooler in January, but we’ve also had warm days. Like life, gardening is sometimes complicated.
This year and last I even bought lily of the valley pips from White Flower Farm. They’re pricey, but I need those little bells, and oh, that fragrance! It’s priceless.
Then, there are the bouquets I buy here and there. This week I went to Whole Foods and bought several small bouquets to make one large one of screaming color. It was therapeutic to put together and made me feel like winter is nearly over. Two more months, and it will be. In the meantime, I’ll satisfy my flower addiction every other week or so. It’s about the same price as that coffee people wait in line for everyday.
If I drink coffee, I drink it at home for pennies on the dollar. I can’t grow flowers right now. I rest my case.
I chose stock in two colors for their fragrance. I love old-fashioned, scented flowers. What are flowers without scent? Boring. Still, try to keep your flowers to one major scent group at a time. Otherwise, you might be overwhelmed.
I’m not sure why, but I didn’t have good luck with my paperwhites and other narcissus this year. ‘Inbal’ performed well, but the others, not so much. I got a lot of greenery and very few blooms. This is aggravating. If anyone has an idea, please let me know.
A special thank you to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for all these months/years of Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Head over to her blog and see what others are growing in this cold, cold month. Happy Bloom Day!
Hi Dee, I have a bag of bulbs that didn’t get planted before the freeze. I think I might try growing them indoors. Haven’t ever done that because of the cats. Most bulbs are deadly if cats nibble. The living room is closed off to kitties so that would be a good place to try some potted bulbs. Yours are an inspiration.
Thank you Marna! If the bulbs have chilled outdoors or in the refrigerator, they should work for you. Let me know how it goes.
Donna@Gardens Eye View
Love seeing the inspiration for indoor winter blooms…it must smell amazing in your house!
Hey Donna, it’s starting to smell pretty good in here I’ll admit.
Lisa at Greenbow
How nice to have a shot of spring in the house this time of year. All I have blooming are a couple of orchids. That is better than nothing.
It is nice. I’ll take any flower that blooms though. I love how statuesque orchids are.
Robin Ruff Leja
Nothing really blooming here, even indoors, but does it count if there is a pot of drooping pansies hanging out in the garage?
Haha Robin, in my world it is.
Beth @ PlantPostings
Happy Bloom Day, Dee! I agree: That first photo is precious, for many reasons. It shows the promise of life to come, plus it’s so nicely composed and the vases are beautiful. I have several plants growing like gangbusters in the sunroom, but no blooms yet. Still, I smile every time I see my pots of English Ivy, Cyclamens, Walking Iris, and others. I remember you posting about the Lily-of-the-Valley pips before–I really must try that in the months ahead. Thanks, again, for the idea. 🙂
Hey Beth, Carol from May Dreams gave me the idea last year. In fact, she shared her lily of the valley pips with me. I now always want them. I go out to the greenhouse and have the same feeling you do. Being surrounded by all that green makes me happy.
Your blooms are gorgeous, there will be a day that I start forcing bulbs again to have mid-winter blooms in the house.
Thank you Charlie. You’re too kind.
Love those screaming bouquets! My kind of colors 🙂
Me too darling. Me too.
Happy Bloom Day. I was late starting my hyacinths this year so I just have little green tips showing right now. But I do have some other pretties inside. Thanks for joining in!
I love that sweet bouquet. Must start buying flowers for the table, they really do light up the house and one’s spirit in the winter. xoxo
Thank you Gail. I find buying flowers helps me for sure.
Kathy from Cold Climate Gardening
I am glad to hear I’m not the only one who had trouble with paperwhites this year. Maybe it’s not us–maybe it was the weather where they were grown and harvested. I am just starting my hyacinths. I could have started sooner if I’d only checked the tag!
Kathy, it could be. I wondered. Happy Bloom Day anyway.
Great to have bulbs bloom indoors in the winter, and I love the bouquet!
Happy Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day!
Hi Lea, Happy Bloom Day to you too. Thank you so much for stopping by.