Tag: bulbs

Botany Basics: Bulbs, Tubers, Rhizomes, and Corms

We are well in to autumn now and everywhere you look (in the gardening universe, anyway) you can find information on which bulbs to plant now for a colorful spring. But have you ever wondered, what exactly is a bulb?

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Gladiolus – the August Flower of the Month

You know how there are birthstones? Gems for each month that are kind of like horoscopes or something in that they supposedly reflect the qualities or characteristics of the people born that month? Well, there are birth month flowers too, it turns out. Continue reading

How-To: Forcing Bulbs Indoors

Over the years, a question I often get is “can I make these bulbs bloom indoors?” In the past, I’ve given an answer along the lines of, “Yeah, I think you should be able to. I mean, I know it can be done.” But because I had never done it myself, and didn’t really know the specifics, that was about as helpful as I could be. Sure, I had read that it could be done…but reading and doing are two quite different things. Especially when it comes to gardening.

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Forcing Bulbs – a sneak peak!

About a week ago on Instagram I shared a picture of the daffodil bulbs I’ve been keeping in my refrigerator. They’d met their required chilling period and it was time to come out into the sunshine and (relative) warmth.

I’ll be posting more about that whole process later, but in the meantime, I wanted to show you a little sneak-peak of how they’re growing. I know it might not look like much at first glance, but take a closer look and you’ll notice leaves are taller at the end than when they started (and if you pay very close attention you might see some of the tulip leaves bending toward the sun).

You’ll also see what a typical Sunday (and a not-so-typical Monday holiday) looks like in my kitchen.

Garden Cleanup and (Garden) Reading

How did it get to be November?

Back in October, when I was in the midst of my garden cleanup I thought, “I could write a post about this.” But, then I realized there was nothing remarkable about pulling plants out. Continue reading