Back twenty some odd years ago when we lived in Ohio, I'd read an article about forcing Paper Whites to flower in your house during the winter.
Shallow pan, a bit of decorative stone to support the bulbs and some water. Voila! Fresh flowers in Winter. How easy is that?
I thought I was the bomb for putting it all together but then the paper whites actually bloomed.
Phewy! They were the stinkiest flowers!
Have you ever tried growing them inside? Could you stand the smell?
I chucked them soon after and that was that.
Until this year.
As you know, for me it's all about flowers around here.
Freaken flowers everywhere! On the curtains, on the pillows. SM is even sleeping under a new quilt I bought during a Christmas sale with subtle flowers on it.
Oh, the humiliation!
Back in December, I planted lots of spring blooming bulbs out in our front yard that, if they survive the resident squirrel invasion, will provide us with a colorful display here in about a month or so.
But I kept six tulip bulbs back.
Whaa Haa Ha.
I grabbed 6 mason jars, filled them with potting soil and stuffed a tulip bulb in each jar.
Then I stuck them in the fridge.
"What's that?" SM asked back in December, pointing at the jars on the bottom shelf of the fridge.
Glancing in, it kinda looked like some kind of brownie or cookie desert. I couldn't blame the guy for asking. I've seen Oreo deserts that looked like potting soil.
"Tulips." I replied with a shrug. "It's an experiment. Remember the paper whites?"
SM made a face.
"Well, these won't be stinky." I assured him, crossing my fingers.
I've never really messed with tulips before, indoors or out. They're beautiful flowers to be sure but they don't seem to stick around for very long and I like a little bang for my buck.
But I figured beggars can't be choosers. Mama's got to have some spring time hope to get me through the winter blahs.
I pulled the jars out of the fridge a few weeks ago, placed them on a shelf in The Nook and started to water them.
And now look at what I've got.
I'll post again when they actually flower but I'm pretty excited. This should get me through until March when I start the tomatoes.
What do you have growing that gets you through the dark days of winter?