At some point, I have to admit that summer is over and last weekend was that point. As I was potting tulips and moving them into the garage, a few strange white flecks (I wouldn’t call them flakes) came drifting down as the sun shone brightly. This weird mixture of snow and hail didn’t last long, but it was enough. That’s OK, though. I am ready. I have enough gardening activity to keep me busy through March, when I can turn my attention to planting outdoors once again.
Bulbs, bulbs, bulbs
I’ve started, but won’t get all my outdoor ones in until mid-November, probably. I shoehorn in as many species tulips as I can in between the maple roots and shovel in big groups of 50 hybrids at a time in selected raised beds. Then there are the lilies, the grape hyacinth, the erythronium, and the scilla. Then there are the potted bulbs for the garage and the bulbs for forcing. I’ll be potting up tazettas and hippeastrum right through the holidays. The forced hyacinths and tulips start coming out of the attic and root cellar in December through January. They bloom late January through February and into March. I have 1000 bulbs to process. That takes time.
With some of these it’s just a trick of keeping them alive through the winter, but I do have a promising lemon tree and some long-standing foliage plants and traditional indoor flowering plants (you know the ones). It is so important to have these.
With help, I might be instituting some major changes in the garden next spring; now will be the time to figure those out, and—essential—nail down my professional help. You don’t call people up in April and expect they’ll be making their way to your property anytime within two months. Ha.
There are always interesting botanical phenomena to explore. We just got a flower cart guy here who also designs amazing floral installations for clients—all out of his house. It will necessary to visit our lovely botanical garden. And then, of course there’s life (see image above).