Saturday, January 19, 2013
Easter Lily Leaves
Eighteen days after this pot was pulled from the ground in the garden, green growth appeared. If memory stills serves us reliably, five L. longiflorum bulbs were placed in this pot last fall. A large bulb was positioned in the center with four daughter bulbs surrounding it. None of the bulbs were touching the pot but the first two to show green grew up against the pot side. Plants grown for sale usually feature plant growth in the center of the pot. I wonder just how that is done.
Green leaves are not the only signs of life in the pot. We stubbornly continue to use our garden soil for our indoor plants in pots. Bark mulch from a local mill covers the surface of the pot. Tiny critters scurry across the mulch and also fly about. One has to wonder if we have inadvertently included some of those summer biters with our early flowers.
A second pot of lily bulbs was pulled from the ground and placed in the basement today. One more pot of lilies and a single pot of tulips remains outside. Their move inside will occur in about three weeks when the second pot begins to show green. This winter has been mild but it still feels good to see green plant growth now with its promise of summer flowers in March or April.
This is another form of indoor gardening that fills part of our winter days. One end of the basement is home to a scale model depicting a local railroad that is long gone. The New York and Ontario branch line to Edmeston ran very near us on the opposite side of the river. Trees in the newly green area grew in the garden as Autumn Joy sedums. White glue holds the ground foam foliage in place. Soon the weather will allow comfortable outdoor work and this job site will go quiet.
Planting the trees was easier done with the bridge out of the way. The builder might be happier now that a picture is included that shows his bridge.