Bulb forcing trials continued, out of necessity



These are some kind of parrot tulip from the big box. As the years go by, I am experimenting with forcing varieties of bulbs that aren’t recommended for forcing. It seems to be simply a matter of waiting longer. (Maybe I’ll move on to iris next year.) And judging from what’s going outdoors, I have all the time in the world.



Here's the first PlantCam experiment. Not great, but sort of fun. The cat seemed to realize it needed help.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. I like the PlantCam! I could use one to watch the caterpillars decimate some parsley, but the video would only take about 30 seconds!

  2. Beautiful tulips, Elizabeth! Ooh, I can’t wait for this stupid snow to go away so that I can set my PlantCam up in the garden!

  3. What cat? I watched it 4 times looking for the cat and never saw it. But the plants look good.

    Your initial post on the PlantCam inspired me to get the BirdCam 2.0, which is wonderful.

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