If you didn’t guess immediately what that number signified, then
you probably have been ignoring my yearly bulb obsessing. That I freely express
here. For your amusement.
(You know, it is really a good thing that my husband never
reads this blog.)
Of the 621, 280 are hybrid tulips, 100 hyacinths (all for
forcing), 110 are narcissus, 50 are species tulips, and the rest are lilies and
various small bulbs. A lot of the
hybrids will go in big containers or all together in a big hole for spring
drama. I think about half of the narcissus are tazettas for forcing. I also think I’ll
likely be buying more lilies and maybe some more tazettas and hyacinths. 100
forced hyacinths do not take up as much space as you might suppose, and we have
a big root cellar.
Unlike Michele, I will not really be saving money by
planting all this, unless you count the forced bulbs given as gifts—they are
somewhat impressive as gifts unless they fail (and I buy some risky
varieties). But I did figure out that I will get at least 6 months of enjoyment
from these. I am spending something like 600. So that’s more than we spend on car
insurance, gas, and a lot of other necessary expenses from which I derive very
Interestingly, only a portion of the enjoyment is from
actually watching the bulbs flower—though that is exciting (especially the exotic
ones). It is the planning the buying, the planting in pots, the timed removals
from the root cellar, the pleasure of using vintage hyacinth vases, and the
indoor watching as the forced ones develop—and then the outdoor watching as the
others come up.
Well worth it.