Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Planting Bulbs for Christmas Gifts
I love giving plants and flowers as gifts. Planting bulbs now will make for a colorful and budget-friendly Christmas gift later. Christmas is only 37 days away. Yikes! Even if only a few of the freesias, ranunculus, alliums and tulips I planted this week are blooming when I tie on a pretty bow and surprise someone special, they will continue to flower throughout the winter, and then bloom again, year after year.
I picked up this handy bulb-planting guide at the San Gabriel Nursery this September and liked it so much, I wanted to share it here in case you are also keen on giving a nifty, yet thrifty gifty.
Sometimes I will plant bulbs by the handful, not for giving away that year, but so that the following year I can harvest the bulbs and their wee pups. Since bulbs reproduce underground and like a dormancy period, I do try to remember to pull them out after they have flowered (sometime during the early summer) and store them in a cool dry place. But leaving some tucked away in random pots just means that I'm always greeted with a surprise burst of flowers in the dead of winter. And who doesn't love flowers in the winter?
Whether you are looking for a gift on the cheap, or a little something cheery for your otherwise dormant garden, a few bulbs might just be what you are looking for. Check your local nursery, hardware store and even supermarket for bulbs in-stock right now. There are many kinds available online as well :) Happy Planting!