Wednesday, April 12, 2006

spring!


Last summer, I ordered a bag of blue, purple and white bulbs that were delivered in the fall. Of course, we had plenty of perfectly pleasant fall weekends for me to plant them, but I waited until the very last available weekend. I ended up planting 40 bulbs in the growing dark, with frozen fingers, knowing that the first frost would come that night.

When I got back from vacation in March, I found that several of the bulbs had sprouted. Thankfully, only the crocuses fully bloomed, and were able to survive the freezing temperatures since then.

This week, the tulips have bloomed and the hyacinths are poking out of the ground, ready to bloom at any time. I planted most of them in that plain patch between the sidewalk and the street, and today I saw a couple outside bending over and admiring them. There are flowers up and down the street, but perhaps these were a surprise in such an unlikely place. The ditch where normally you see a tangle of weeds and and tree roots, instead full of new life.

The frozen fingers were totally worth it.

To those of you who celebrate Passover, I hope you have a joyful and peaceful Pesach.

17 comments:

Maribeth said...

Bee-uuuut-i-ful!!!!

Ninotchka said...

Well done, amiga! Estan bellas.

Anne Glamore said...

That's an awesome picture. It's much prettier than the picture of the dead hermmit crab I would be posting if I could get my site to work. I bet they smelled better, too!

peripateticpolarbear said...

I am totally impressed---the dedication to plant in the cold paid off!

Phantom Scribbler said...

Happy Pesach, Halloweenlover!

wordnerd said...

Oh I have totally BOUGHT bulbs to plant....several times...but never actually GOTTEN AROUND to planting them.....

BAD BAD BAD....OK...new vow...WILL PLANT...

PS - Your flowers are absolutely beautiful!

Jessica said...

Great shot! I adore spring...

We have a gorgeous cherry tree in our back yard that is in its heavy, pink bloom stage - so pretty. This will last all of two weeks before our patio catches all of the petals and they are replaced with green leaves.

Pink Cupcake said...

So pleased that all of your bulbs are flowering - I adore spring flowers! Beautiful photo. :)

ccw said...

Beautiful flowers!

Yankee T said...

terrific!

Dawn said...

Mom 101 has coined a new term - so I wish you a very happy "Peaster"

Sarcomical said...

i LOVE that picture. those are so pretty. any time i get bulbs i kill them DEAD. immediately. i don't know what it is.

Joke said...

Happy Pesach!

-J.

amygeekgrl said...

glad you got those babies planted when you did. they are beautiful!! :)

mama_tulip said...

Beautiful -- I can garden vicariously through you. ;)

purple_kangaroo said...

Gorgeous!

Sarah Louise said...

lovely flowers--I love crocuses.