Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Bulbs

The bulbs at Linderhof this year
are fewer
and later blooming than in year's past.

Not the outdoor ones but the ones inside.

We usually have a  half dozen or so hyacinth bulbs which we force in our antique
forcing vases --

This year we've managed just three!

But the heavenly fragrance of these three
They perfume all of Linderhof!
This one is a purple hyacinth in a purple vase on the table in the downstairs hall.

By now our paperwhites have bloomed and have been discarded.
My first two dozen bulbs were duds.
The company, White Flower Farm, kindly replaced them
But, of course, I was behind . . .
And even when planted they seemed to sit and sit and sit
Finally -- I'm getting some growth

The bulbs on the left are planted in what is called a "bulb pot" in soil; the ones on the right are planted in gravel in a "bulb bowl"

They are finally putting up shoots, it's time to start the second dozen.
It will be interesting to see if the outdoor cousins will come into bloom before the inside ones!

It's a right of winter, at Linderhof, the bulbs
paperwhites and hyacinths.
They bring the promise of spring to dreary winter days!

And in 2014, they may bring the promise of spring to spring days!

I'm joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

So nice to have those flowers inside during the winter.

Nancy's Notes said...

I wish I could smell the scent of your amazing flowers!

Marilyn Miller said...

My husband always does paperwhites in the fall, supposedly for Christmas; but then they come too early. We still enjoy them though, they are just beautiful.

Pondside said...

Such a lovely spring tradition. I love your breakfast room and all its greenery.