Saturday, January 26, 2008

Helloooooooo down there!

Ah. Spring. Well, not really Spring. But, the promise of Spring.

We've had cold (for us - 40 degrees) weather and rain and gray skies for several weeks. But when the sun came out today, you would have thought we hadn't seen it in months! It was delightful. From the steam rising off the plants as it warmed so quickly this morning, to the beautiful morning light, the promise of this day was full.

So, I grabbed the camera and headed out to search for other signs of Spring. And I found them. Just a few little bulbs peeking out- sending up their delicate shoots to check on the weather up here and decide whether or not they really want to show up for the dance!

I'm so sad to report that in the holiday rush, I only got about 1/2 of the bulbs I bought into the ground. But, we should still have about 50 new bulbs joining the existing burst of color that always makes me smile every time I walk outside in the late winter here. (Because it really isn't Spring, yet, and won't be for quite some time!)

I wonder if I can keep the other bulbs somewhere and plant them next season? I don't really think so, but I hate to waste them.

So, with 72 degrees on the horizon for tomorrow, I can't even decide where to start. But I know that tomorrow will be spent outdoors, soaking up the vitamin D I've been missing and getting my hands dirty somehow. I can't wait!


David in Greensboro, NC said...

I wonder if you just planted the bulbs now if they wouldn't survive and come up next spring (2009).

Diana said...

I was wondering that, too. Would mess up their cycle for a year, but they might survive since it's still going to be cold here for a little while. I might just give it a whirl as a garden experiment. Hey - it'll give me something to blog about either way, right??!!

Annie in Austin said...

The bulbs might surprise you, Diana! They'd probably prefer being in the ground to anywhere else, and can get their roots going in the cool soil even if the bloom time gets a little mixed up. [Also, I want to read about what happened!]

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Diana said...

I want to know what happens, too! And with the ground moist right now, it'll be easier to get them into the ground, too. Maybe tomorrow!

Pam/Digging said...

I vote for planting them too. By the way, I just posted about bulbs popping up in my garden too. I guess our weekend of warm, spring-like weather enticed them up.