Well, it has been almost 2 months since my first post, so as for my plan to post weekly...fail! This has been a very busy few months. I've had a lot of projects, papers and homework for school this semester. Plus, I was a knittin' fool trying to finish the baby blanket for my sister-in-law's shower. And being sick for 2 weeks didn't help me either. But enough excuses - time for my second post!
I wanted to bring a little life into the house during the winter and early spring, while the grass outside is still brown and the trees are leafless. So, I purchased some paperwhite bulbs, some small river stones and gathered up some pretty glass vases.
I filled the bottom of my hurricane and vases with a layer of river stones, and nestled the bulbs in. I then added enough water to cover the bottom of the bulbs.
After about a week, I was excited to come downstairs one morning, and see this:
Yay! The tiniest bit of growth! This was a promising sign and I really enjoyed checking the growth progress daily. A couple of weeks later, my bulbs looked like this:
And before I knew it, the first buds started to blossom.
And a few days later, I was greeted with these little guys:
And then...I went out of town for 10 days. I was worried about my paperwhites not having enough water while I was gone. So I gave them a little extra before I left. When I returned home, I was greeted by a veritable jungle of very long green stems and several flower blossoms. They were a bit out of control, and probably needed to be transplanted into soil. But, as a novice at forcing bulbs, I kept them in their glass enclosures too long. And, as a novice blogger, I neglected to take any more pictures! And thus ends the story of my paperwhite bulbs!
I do plan to try this again next year, and hopefully successfully transplant these little beauties so they can continue to grow and flourish. In other news, the bulbs that I planted outside have been blooming! They are lovely and have survived some spring snowstorms and plenty of wind. I'll try and get some pictures to post - they are so colorful and pretty!