Last updated on December 2nd, 2011
PROBABLY I ENJOY MY WINDOW GARDENS MOST IN MARCH, when the last of the colorful, winter-forced Dutch tulips, scented daffodils and graceful Muscari bloom. Here is an intimate look at these Prima donnas of the indoor landscape:
Above, Tulipa ‘Burning Love’ (the name reminds me of the Elvis Presley song) receives center-stage on the broad sill in the Music Room. The flowers are redder-than-red, and they really sparkle when sunlight strikes them. Sturdy, 10-inch stems hold the flowers attractively upright. Do consider this one for planting indoors or out next autumn.
A nice companion for ‘Burning Love’ is the regal Tulipa ‘Queen of the Night’ (above), with deep purple, almost black blossoms. My only complaint with her majesty is the too-long stems. Without staking, the flowers tend to sway, and not too gracefully, either.
Adding fragrance to the window garden is Narcissus ‘Avalanche.’ This one flaunts gold-cupped, white-petaled burdens on towering 16-inch stems. Just a few open blossoms perfume the whole room. I used two pots of Avalanche to frame the red and purple tulips there.
Not fragrant at all, but a Victorian delight, is Narcissus ‘Thalia.’ I have it on the top shelf in the Music Room window. This popular old daffodil features ghostly-white trumpets of bloom on sturdy, 12-inch stems.
Scenting my parlor is Muscari, the common grape-hyacinth. Here, the clusters of soft-blue flowers display well in a shallow, blue and white china bowl filled with pebbles and water. The bowl is set on a round mahogany table in a west window. If you have any left-over muscari bulbs in your cold garage, try forcing them now in a pot of soil or a bowl of pebbles. You’d be surprised how quickly the flowers emerge.
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