Yes, that’s the one, the tenet about getting your bulbs planted on a sunny Saturday in November.
I planted half of my bulbs yesterday, mostly the tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths that I needed to actually dig holes for.
Then I got the bright idea that I would plant the ‘drillers’ tomorrow, which is now a rainy today.
‘Drillers’ are the smaller minor bulbs that I plant with a spade bit and my electric drill. It would have been a good idea to wait until today under normal circumstances because I did get some other chores done yesterday after I stopped digging. But then I violated the tenet about paying attention to the weather forecast. I knew it was going to rain “later this weekend” but I didn’t check to find out when later really was.
Later turns out to be all morning today and in to the afternoon, which in and of itself is a good thing because we need rain. And it is nice for those bulbs I did plant yesterday. But it won’t help the ‘drillers’ still in their bags in the garage. The picture above is the very wet front garden that I see from my porch, where I will plant most of these ‘drillers’, the smaller minor bulbs, once it clears up and the ground dries up a bit.
In the meantime, I’m thinking of rainy day gardening activities to keep my mind off the fact that I didn’t get those minor bulbs planted yesterday. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.
1. Go to the store and buy a new house plant. I get all nostalgic for Thanksgiving and Christmas cactus when I see them in the stores this time of year. Even though I have several of these plants already and recently got some starts for an orange flowering one from someone at work, I want more. I don’t know why I want more of them, they aren’t even all that attractive when they aren’t in bloom. I just know I do.
2. Even though you have dozens of clay pots and planters and containers, go buy a new one for a houseplant that needs a nice new container, like the orange flowering Christmas cactus that I just rooted. Some women buy more clothes than they’ll ever wear or more fabric than they will ever sew, I buy more flower pots than I’ll ever put plants in, and I’m not the only gardener who does this. But knowing this doesn’t stop me if I see a flower pot I really like. You just never know when you’ll find the perfect plant for it.
3. Sharpen your pruners. They probably need it by now after an entire season of use. Plus any additional fall clean up that you still need to do will be that much easier to do with sharp pruners. I had a moment of panic yesterday when I couldn’t find my Felco pruners. I thought maybe I had left them outside all week. But I did find them, and now I feel like I should treat them a little better than I did before, laying them down someplace like that where I couldn’t readily find them.
4. Make a list of books that would be good reads for fellow gardeners who participate in the Garden Bloggers Book Club, even if you don’t participate, and leave a comment or email me to let me know about your suggestions. You might even consider going offline to actually read a garden magazine or book for a nice change of pace. I still like to hold a book and turn the pages, dont’ you?
5. Light candles to brighten the room you are in, sit quietly, and chant, “there is still time plant bulbs, there is still time to plant bulbs”. Because there is still time to plant bulbs and the sun will shine again!
What else can a gardener do on a rainy day?