Forcing

Now in Bloom: Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)

029My winter window garden looks like April today, thanks to the hardy bulbs I potted, vased, and "bowled" last autumn. In bloom now is Muscari armeniacum -- the common "grape hyacinth." Here are some pictures of its scented blue bells, along with my easy forcing-directions: Read more »

Window Garden Fun: Scilla Madeirensis

IMG_2027One of the prettiest plants in my window garden just now is Scilla Madeirensis. I planted 3 bulbs of this "Giant Squill" in early October, and six weeks later they greeted me with spectacular clusters of celestial-blue: Read more »

Instant Spring: Forcing Forsythia

spring parlor pixFor me, a vase of golden forsythia is the perfect antidote to the winter blues. Cut the stems in January or February, and they will bloom for you about two weeks later. Of course, the twigs will appear dead at first. But the flowers are there, just waiting for the warmth and light your windows can provide. Here's my easy forcing-routine: Read more »

How I Force Tulips for Winter Bloom

IMG_2537HERE AT A GARDEN FOR THE HOUSE, I'm busy potting tulips for indoor winter bloom. Tulipa 'Christmas Dream,' pictured up top, bloomed in my bedroom window one February. What a thrill to see the pastel-pink petals against a background of snow! Tulips will bloom at the wrong time of the year for you, too, providing you pot the bulbs in early autumn. Here's my fail-proof forcing guide: Read more »

Forcing Hyacinths for Winter Bloom

hyacinths picturesWHY WAIT until April to inhale the intoxicating air of hyacinths? Pot a few in early autumn, and then you can enjoy them -- just as I do -- when January blizzards blow. Bulbs can be forced in soil, in pebbles and water, or in special vases. I favor the vases because they are small enough to fit in narrow quarters, like the latch ledge of my parlor window (above). How to coax the bulbs into early bloom: Read more »

Now in Bloom, February 2012

IMG_4609IN DEFIANCE OF WINTER, the plants in my music room window are singing a spring song. Would you like to meet these bloomers and perfumers? Say "hello" in this click-to-enlarge photo gallery (and I hope you'll tell me what's growing in your own window garden): Read more »

Chinese Sacred Lily/A Giveaway

IMG_4011BLOOMING NOW in the east window of my upstairs bath is the fabulous "Chinese Sacred Lily," Narcissus tazetta v. orientalis. What a welcome sight! The flowers are pure white, with a deep-tangerine cup. And the fragrance they emit -- a blend of honey, clove, and citrus -- is something to sing about. I'd like you to enjoy these perfumed blooms, too. And that's why I've purchased a package of 10 bulbs to give away in this month's random drawing. Read more »