It’s a new year and a new season and although one would hope for inspiring resolutions and the turning over of new leaves to happen, this dog has already finished trying to learn that trick. In my opinion we might as well skip the introspection and self reflection and jump right into the new year with a fresh batch of poor decision making and questionable choices!
In this neck of the woods after Christmas is too late to plant spring blooming bulbs. Reason number one is that a week of snow and temperatures in the teens has frozen the soil solidly leaving no options for outdoor planting. Solution? Pickaxe a clump of compost, thaw it out in the garage, and pot up way too many bulbs for winter forcing. I’ll let you know how it works out.
Same deal with a ‘Red Beauty’ holly and ‘Butterball’ Hinoki cypress. The holly was practically free since its clearance price was significantly lower than any other single item purchased on that particular trip to the DIY store, and the Hinoki (Chamaecyparis obtusa) also barely registered when dropped into the wagon during a Christmas Eve grocery run. At $8.99 it was completely worth the eye roll I endured during checkout.
Snowdrops are hardy bulbs more than capable of enduring the next two months of cold in the wide open garden. I’m a worrier though, so when my precious ‘Fly Fishing’ sprouted too eagerly I chose to opt out and just take the little guy inside and under the lights of the winter garden. People say growing snowdrops indoors under lights and in pots is difficult, I say running outside to cover a precocious galanthus every time an arctic blast threatens is worse. So in it comes.
‘Fly Fishing’ came inside the first week of December, so it’s been a month, but this transplanting “in the green” at what’s probably not the best time of its growth cycle seems to have done little damage. Obviously you should take care with the roots while doing this.
Anyone who has followed this blog for any amount of time knows that smart decisions, restraint, and resolutions do not come to mind when I consider snowdrops. On clearance at $17 per 100 bulbs I could not resist a few hundred Galanthus worowonii bulbs even if it doesn’t come close to being a favorite species. I decided that’s kind of ignorant though since I’ve never even grown the plant myself, so in an attempt to become a better person I bought and planted 300 outside with about 2 dozen reserved for pots in the winter garden.
So at this time of year I guess I am just like every other person out there trying to start the new year off as a better person, even if it means buying more snowdrops. Not to sound threatening but I’m sure this will involve more snowdrop posts than any decent person would want since there are several more potted up for inside as well as several new ones which look very promising outside. I’ve already admitted to having a problem, so please spare me any additional eye rolls. The rolls wouldn’t make a difference anyway since over the years I’ve developed quite a high tolerance.
Happy New Year and all the best for 2017.