Snow flurries fly outside, but inside, there are new sprouts coming up from the Oxalis bulbs that I planted up on November 25th.
These first little leaves showed up while I was gone for a few days, proving once again that a watched plant rarely sprouts. Ignore it for a few days and something will happen.
So far, just two of ten Oxalis bulbs have sprouted, but I think I see a third one breaking through.
I’m confident all ten will sprout.
The Bouvardia that I bought on impulse on November 25th is still blooming.
These had just arrived at the store the day I was shopping. I caught a whiff of the sweet scented flowers, and, well, you all know how they end up in your shopping cart before you know it.
The first shoots of the narcissus bulbs, potted up on November 29th, are also starting to peak out from the brown sheaths surrounding them.
All I need now are some cut flowers, and I’ll have a little bit of everything a good indoor winter garden can offer.
Which do you prefer in the winter to bring bloom into your life when the garden is dormant? Cut flowers, blooming plants or bulbs for forcing?
Have you decided? Don’t read further until you’ve decided on your preference because what you choose has great signficance and meaning.
Here’s the meaning of your choices, according to no one but me.
If you prefer cut flowers, you like immediate gratification but aren’t interested in a long-term commitment. However, if you tend to keep the cut flowers after they’ve dried up, you may be conflicted and really want a long-term plant relationship.
If you prefer to buy potted blooming plants, you like immediate gratification, but are willing to also invest a long-term commitment. You are optimistic that once your blooming plant becomes a foliage plant, you have the skills or maybe just the good luck needed to get it to flower again.
If you prefer bulbs for forcing, you are patient and a nurturer and are willing to wait for the gratification of a blooming plant. You are in this plant relationship for the long haul. You have confidence that if you provide the light, soil, and water, the plant will reward you with a bloom.
If you prefer all three, you are a gardener.
Which did you prefer?