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Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day – 15 February 2019

I’ve never participated in the Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day, but I’ve enjoyed seeing what is blooming in other people’s garden each month, so I decided why not start now? Each month on the 15th garden bloggers around the world post what’s blooming in their gardens. Thanks to the May Dreams Garden Blog for the idea.

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Winter Waiting

(Here’s your friendly reminder to sign up for my now-quarterly newsletter. The first issue for the year goes out next week and will help you get garden-ready for spring. For some reason the subscribe info is not showing up on mobile, so until I figure that out you’ll have to do it from a laptop or desktop.)

My two year old loves holidays of any kind, so I’ve been telling her about groundhog’s day. It must have stuck because yesterday on our walk she started talking about “in the springtime the groundhog will come out of the ground and look around!” Well, today is the day, and I guess the groundhog didn’t see his shadow. So I guess it’s six more weeks until spring? Regardless, here in my zone 5b garden we are still under a “thick blanket of snow”, just like the city of Geopolis (we’ve also been reading Katy and the Big Snow a lot at our house lately, in case you’re wondering). But just because we’re still under snow – with more in the forecast – it doesn’t mean that plants aren’t growing and getting ready for spring. Continue reading

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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