Monday is when I join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for the now compulsive IAVOM meme, where we try to find material from our own gardens to enjoy indoors.
I mentioned last week when I wrote about the greenhouse that the Tulip ‘Brown Sugar’ that I had chilled at about 6°C from 21st September 2016 until planting into a pot on the 16th November was showing some colour; I picked two stems and brought them into the warmth of the house on Saturday. A further bud was open enough to pick this morning; so my simple vase today has the first tulips of the year.
The first shoots appeared about the 21st December (this is a guess as I wasn’t here, but from the growth I saw when I returned on the 27th I think this is accurate.
The larkspur self seeded in the garden during September and as I was doubtful they would survive the winter (it looks like I was wrong about that), I potted up about 20 seedlings which were then placed in the greenhouse. Most aren’t growing very straight but most now have buds meaning I may have a very early crop indeed! These two make unusual companions to the tulips.
Although the pots of tulips are in the greenhouse it is only heated to be frost free, and temperatures have often only hovered above zero. I had been hoping that I might have some Tulips by Christmas but I don’t now think that is possible without using a lot of extra heat (which I don’t want to do) or we have a much warmer December than in 2016.
I have this vase in the kitchen where it is already giving me enormous pleasure.
What can you find in your garden today? Do join Cathy if you can, she has a real taste of spring too today.