Today was a beautiful fall day, and I took advantage of the sunshine to plant my spring bulbs.
Lots of sunset colours caught my eye this year, so we now have one planter filled with two types of orangey-pink tulips plus white hyacinths and another featuring orange and black striped crocuses, white narcissus with pink and yellow coronas, and blue hyacinths for contrast.
Then we have these gorgeous, gorgeous red-purple anemones that I’ve paired with dwarf irises and white narcissus.
I can’t wait to see everything in the spring! Most of these bulbs will bloom March/April, with some hanging on into May and the crocuses starting in February.
11 days ago I planted this tomato seedling after accidentally severing it from its root ball. I buried as much of the stem as I could and did my best to keep the soil moist. Tomatoes can grow new root systems, but the biggest hurdle to clear was keeping the plant hydrated enough to avoid vascular collapse long enough for rooting to occur. Think of it like cut flowers in a vase; the stem alone can draw water for a few days, but eventually the flowers wilt.
As you can see, the plant is alive and healthy today! It’s still quite small as all its available energy has had to go toward growth below the soil, but it should take off soon. Meanwhile my father-in-law’s plant is fully 2 feet tall 😅
I like to experiment, so I like to try a new variety every year. Starting with seeds gives you more options than waiting for seedlings from the garden centre, so every year I end up with a whole packet of tomato seeds when I only need one plant.
So I plant one for myself, and one for my mom, and for my father-in-law, and then I still have a handful left. This year I thought “oh, maybe Coworker A will want one!” and sure enough he did, so then I thought well, perhaps Coworkers B and C might also, I know they garden too. I posed the question in our Coworker group chat, and long story short…
I have a beautiful ceramic pot that sits on my front step year-round. It’s the perfect size for the plain plastic grower’s pots my favourite garden centre sells, so I have a rotating pair of pots I swap out. Last summer’s skeletons got replaced this weekend with a fresh pot of crocus, iris, and narcissus. I planted the bulbs last October, and they overwintered on my back deck, protected by an upside-down tomato cage wrapped in frost blanket.
I’ve also filled my big rectangular self-watering planter with tulips, anemones, and gladiolus. I used a couple of plexiglass sheets and some pot toes to make a simple cold frame to keep the soil temperature up a little through the winter. It looks like the tulips are on their way up at least!