The day was not wasted. We visited the pet shop for kitties food and to see what pets were there for adoption, always part of our visit. It's not Saturday without looking at what's at the nursery as spring approaches. My excuse to go to Primex Garden Center in Glenside. I behaved and only bought 2 packs of seeds, something to hopefully support my amaryllis when I pot it up to start growing, and some more seed trays. I wasn't thinking because I didn't get an actual amaryllis support which I know they had in stock although they usually sell out fast. Too late for that now. It's always seed heaven there during this time and an excuse to look at everything in the store and plan a wish list. After all, Mother's Day is in May.
Intentionally avoided the greenhouse where the plants are. Garden classes were being held today, seed starting. I've been to several given by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society with the same instructor and won't attend but they do have others coming up that I may register for. Composting and I think caring for houseplants is coming up. Click the link and you can view upcoming classes.
I'll miss the pink hyacinth when it's finished blooming and plan to be searching all spring and summer for a discounted dorm sized refrigerator for fall for my bulbs. Although my porch is cool enough to chill them starting in November, not giving them the 40 degree temperature they need starting in September or October when bulbs arrive in stores or via mail doesn't allow them enough chill time for earlier forcing and results in stunted growth.
I've read that all the parts of the plant are inside the bulb including all the nutrients it needs to reach full size when planted and it's true. The hyacinths I forced so far did not reach anywhere near normal size but I pulled the green stems back and could see that other blooms were tucked inside the stem. That's amazing. I opened the stem some to let some of the blooms emerge. Next year I'm hopeful for normal sized hyacinths. I'm more enamored with them indoors now than paper whites. Amaryllis forced this winter so far have also been beautiful.
|Maverick Salmon Pelargoniums|
|Dichondra Silver Falls starting to germinate. I really want them to do well. Tried to overwinter a pot without success.|
|How she looked today before the blooms end.|
|If I could bottle the smell.|
|Don't know how this will do in my small flower bed but since the information on the packet says it can tolerate some shade maybe I'll get a few blooms. If not, my sister will love them for her garden.|