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Spring Bulbs: A Gift to the Future

By Jennifer Nemec


Tags: flowers, spring, bulbs,

A photo of Jenn NemecI have never been much for growing things (maybe it was the huge gardens we raised when I was a kid). Since I left home I have had exactly 3 house plants, and they've all died of neglect. I used to say that I had a black thumb. But ... whoever lived in my house before me planted perennials, so I have spring flowers.

And they tickle me to no end. I smile, I giggle, I talk about "my daffodils blooming" and "my crocuses coming up," just like I had something to do with it.

Crocuses when they were just coming up

They herald the hope of the season for me, and I thank whoever planted them from the bottom of my heart every year as the cold finally creeps away and the first purple crocus peeks out of the ground.

Purple crocuses

The crocuses (which are finished now) were beautiful.

Purple crocuses in the sun

But the weird weather we've been having around here (really, snow on April fools?) messed with my daffodils. (Hear the ownership I feel?) They did bloom, but the stems had already bent over in the cold/wind/storms.

Sad daffodils

There's something especially sad about flowers that point at the ground. But, spring is coming, and, whether it's frozen or not, the moisture we're getting will make everything greener in the long run.

Daffodil from last year

nebraska dave
4/12/2009 10:02:44 PM

Jen, I can totally identify with your plight with growing flowers. I have already murdered the first round of plants this Spring. However, I have learned to put the plants in containers and pots so that when death occurs I can quickly hide the evidence from the neighboring eyes. I did have a Spring flower garden by the front door of my house which boasted Crocus, Iris, Daffodil, and Tulips. It truly was a lovely sight in early Spring, but then became a hideous weed patch by midsummer. I finally ripped out the flower garden and put in a poor mans patio. All the neighbors thought it looked much better. So my flower growing plans for this year will be only in containers that can be exchanged and repotted with fresh flowers when the blooms fade away. Flowers are such a mystery to me. I do love to make the attempt at growing them, but there are so many conditions to consider. Some need full sun, while other only partial or no sun. Then full sun does not mean sun all day but only 4 to 6 hours a day. Then there’s Spring flowering, summer flowering, and fall flowering. All have different heights and colors. Some are annuals and some are perennials. There are those that are planted from seed and then those that are planted by bulbs or tuberous roots. Some are planted in the Spring and others in the fall. It’s all quite overwhelming to me. I do like the brilliant colors of Spring flowers. I just wish they would last a little longer. This year I’m even thinking of a water feature which will open up the possibility of a whole new world of plants and flowers. I guess I just like the challenge of it all and working with nature at the slow easy pace that plants have. May all your plant experiences this year bring much joy and pleasure into your life.