Sunday, February 14, 2010
Shortest. Bloom Day. Ever
Well, it's not much but they're blooms, damn it! Months have passed since I've had blooms to share for the monthly Garden Bloggers Bloom Day hosted by Carol at May Dreams Garden. But now, in the cold of February, I have 'Blue Jacket' hyacinths, which are following on the heels of the 'Woodstock' bulbs that have unfortunately faded away.
One of them is falling sideways, which I'm afraid is due to an insufficient cold period. So I have learned that not only should I start forcing earlier in the fall (rather than November like this past year), but I should also keep any 'Blue Jacket' bulbs cold for a full 11-12 weeks. Apparently 10 weeks is good for 'Woodstock' but not for everyone else.
The only other (tiny) bloom here--but it is a bloom--is this coleus flower. My coleus continues to defy my imagination with its robustness. I will feel awful when I finally allow the cold weather to remind this plant that in Illinois it's an annual. But hopefully that won't be until next fall. For now I should probably just cut it back a little before it devours its neighbors.