I’ve never really done much with bulb forcing, save for buying pots of force bulbs in full bud from our student horticulture club. I realize now (duh!) that I’ve been missing out on a lot.
Buying the forced bulbs when they are about to bloom is great. But now I realize that I’ve missed out on what I like most about bulbs: Watching for the first signs of green poking up. The logarithmic growth stage where you swear you can see them growing. The appearance of the flower buds. And the first sign of color peeking out from the flower bud.
You miss all that fun when you buy a pot just as they’re blooming.
This vase my old buddy Steve gave me for my 50th last year is perfect for forcing bulbs with a little fish gravel and water.
The big bud on that narcissus in the tea pot popped open while I was at work today.
The albutilon hidden away with the other plants that are supposed to be in semi-dormancy keeps popping out flowers, along with the begonia. They look good in the blue bowl.