We are plenty bz these days prepping to begin two new yoga classes, one in Arlington and one in Del Ray, and we continue to search for items for sale for our etsy.com site, ContessasHome. And, believe it or not, we recently completed some gardening for a longtime Del Ray resident. This led us to decide that there are those of you out there that still enjoy free info about gardening and plants.
So we posted and promised to offer gardening tips on a monthly basis through this blog. (and we will push these posts to our Facebook followers) Our tip for January is about forcing bulbs indoors.
Gardening TIPS from Contessa
Purchase pebbles by the bag at your favorite gardening center along with bulbs. Available now are narcissus, tulips, grape hyacinth, Tete-a-Tete and crocus. Most likely you have some glass vessels at home, but if you do not, consider visiting a local thrift store or consignment shop. You will be surprised to find out that you can purchase inexpensive clear glass containers for your windowsills. Its no secret that it will take a bit of sun to grow your bulbs. But having these darling bulbs bloom in early winter is such a treat for your home on a dreary winter day. Who wouldn’t love to have a Tete-a-Tete or Narcissus pop it’s beautiful little blossom in you window. Honestly it’s easy and thrilling to see nature give us her surprises.
Simply place pebbles about two inches deep in your vessel. Bury the root end of your bulb into the stones. Add enough water to about one-quarter inch below the bulb. If it touches the tip it’s ok. Your bulb will enrich itself with the moisture and magic – your blossom will arrive. it’s simple and pretty. Do have a little patience as some bulbs, like tulips can take a few weeks to sprout. We think part of the fun is waiting and watching for these little miracles to happen Enjoy!