Tag: daffodils

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.

Planting Bulbs

Remember how “fall is a second spring“? Well, it turns out that fall is a good time to start thinking about spring, too.

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It is spring, it is spring,

     I am sure it is true,

For I saw in my garden

     And my neighbor saw too

A long row of daffodils green,

     But when we looked closely

Bits of yellow were seen.

Spring winds will blow softly

     And gently caress

Those green buds of daffodils

     Held close to earth’s breast.

And the life giving rays

     Of the sun will shine through

Then a wealth of rare beauty

     Will burst into view.

— Emma Thornley —