Already thinking ahead to next gardening season? 

 It’s time to plant your bulbs into your garden before the ground freezes up. 

 The Roto Planter is a great way to get your bulbs planted quickly and with a lot less work. 

Just attach it to your drill and dig your holes.

Simple as that. 

Your back and knees will thank you.


amarylis-Amaryllis are the easiest of flowering bulbs to bloom.  It’s botanical name is Hippastrume and it is now a popular Christmas time flower that originated in South American tropical regions.  They are not winter hardy bulbs but they are fun to force in the wintertime to have holiday blooms.  They always seem like a Christmas flower to me.  It’s the red ones that I love.  web-kk-0371

 At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year
~Thomas Tusser


Visit Work of the Poet blog to see other Ruby Tuesday posts.  Happy Holidays!

Today I am sharing the paper whites that I forced a couple of weeks ago.  web-plants-012web-plants-004

web-plants-013 They are growing so fast.  I think they really like the light in my kitchen. web-plants-005

     They already have blooms waiting to open. 


Looks like paper whites for Christmas!    












christmas tree

  Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.  ~Author unknown


Visit Tootsie for Fertilizer Friday!

I am planting bulbs  to prepare for the flower fix I will need by January.  So to enjoy some springtime in the winter, forcing bulbs can be a lot of fun.  It is even a great project for kids because it is so simple to do.  Pick out some paper white narcissus, they are the easiest because they require no cold period to simulate winter. t-037t-035

 Just get a pot that is at least three to four inches deep, fill it with dirt or glass marbles or gems. You can plant a few spaced throughout  the pot or next to each other if you have enough.   The more bulbs the fuller your flowers will look.  To use the gems, just set the bulbs down far enough into the stones to support them leaving a few inches below for roots.   Next fill the pot with water just to the bottom of the bulbs.  A glass container that is clear is a great one to use for this since you can see the bulb, roots and flowers.  Try to have the water barely touch the bottom of the bulb to prevent rotting.  As soon as roots develop you can keep the water below the bulb.  t-036

Another way to plant the bulbs is to place the bulbs in potting soil that covers them just to the top so the pointy end of the bulb is sticking out a bit. Either way you plant them, put them in sunshine in a cool room and wait until they are web-j-002growing.

When they start to grow a few inches, then you should move them to a bright location out of direct sunlight. That way they don’t get too tall and fall over.   Stake them if need be and step back and enjoy the show.  If they are a bit floppy you can tie a ribbon around them to keep them standing together.  This is a niweb-j-003ce touch if it’s a Christmas gift.  It usually takes anywhere from three to five weeks for flowers.  

 The future is always beginning now.  ~Mark Strand