Friday, February 15, 2008

Chasing Away Spring Fever with Paperwhites

I was greeted on the morning of Valentine's Day by this cheerful Paperwhite bloom. This might not be a big deal to some, but seeing as this is the first bloom on the very first bulb I've ever forced, I was excited to see it. Plus seeing this bloom makes me think that Spring might not be horribly far away.

This bloom is all I have to report for Garden Bloggers' Bloom day. See I'm not a big indoor gardener, partly because I don't have a lot of room (especially with good light) and mostly because one of my cat usually devours every indoor plant I try to grow within days. I'm kind of surprised he left these bulbs alone. Maybe the cat grass bribes I've been growing constantly this year is making a difference?

This is my entire indoor garden (minus one little tropical plant that lives on the pantry shelf), and though small it 's bigger than any indoor garden I've ever had. But this year I'm also feeling more spring fever than ever before too. Growing bulbs and winter sowing do seem to help my growing case of spring fever.

And while it's not blooming, I'm also pretty pleased with this Lemon Balm. It used to be much, much bigger when it shared one of my big pots outdoors. I had visions of making my own tea, but I never actually used any of the herb. I decided to try and overwinter it, but I left it out one frosty fall night and it quickly died. During a warm spell, I noticed a few tiny signs of life left in the so I potted that section up and brought it inside. Fast forward several months and it's finally showing some decent growth. Which just goes to show that sometimes even the worst gardening mistakes can be corrected if you have patience!

What's blooming in your garden? Join Carol at May Dreams Gardens and many other Garden bloggers on the 15th of every month for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.


  1. Congratulations on the paperwhites. Now that you've had success with that, you can expand next year into hyacinths and maybe even tulips!

    Thanks for joining us for bloom day.
    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  2. That's so pretty, and awesome that you forced the bulb yourself. :)

  3. What a great surprise on Valentine's Day! What a breath of spring. :)

  4. Carol - Thanks for stopping by (you must have visited a LOT of blogs yesterday!). We'll see how far my addiction spreads next winter. :)

    Aimee - Thanks! And the best part is that the Paperwhites kit was $0.74, marked down after xmas from $5.99!

    Jennifer - Yeah and hopefully these flowers will live longer than Vday roses usually do!

    Aren't comments fun? Thanks for taking the time to leave 'em, gals.

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment there, which made it possible for me to find your blog!

    I love paperwhites - they're so beautiful and a promise of Spring. So, don't fret - Spring will be here any moment now...

  6. The paperwhites are great, and when the other bulbs flower they'll look really good all together.


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