It felt good to have a planting day. Last year, time got away from me and we barely had blooms for Christmas. This year, we're starting early as nothing brightens up a grey day like the anticipation of beauty to come.
I used a variety of containers that I've collected over the last year. Somewhere in our storage unit a box holds my usual bulb containers.
I planted paperwhite and amaryllis bulbs but I had a moment of realization while doing so - it was to never buy the bulb forcing kits again! They are of such lesser quality and when you're not even using the plastic pot or soil it comes with, it really doesn't make much sense at all.
I found this beautiful Amaryllis at our local garden center. It's one of those wonderful places that thrives year round with wonderful greenhouses and a gift shop. It was already set up for Christmas and holiday cheer was tickling our toes. It was $14.99.
The amaryllis that came in the kit was $7.49. You can see how much smaller it is and its diminished quality.
Again, these paperwhite bulbs ($1.50 per bulb) were purchased at a florist and are full of vitality.
These were purchased in a kit - actually, this is two kits worth!
So I have learned my lesson. It is worth the trip to the florist and/or garden center.
Peeking into a large greenhouse with the most beautiful smiling poinsettias.
They felt like old friends so we smiled and said hello.