Monday, April 6, 2015
White For Easter
We had white Easter morning here at the Stone Wall Garden.
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Wait I've got the wrong holiday! This morning was the closest thing to sunshine we had today. At times the snow came down hard. The lawn retained warmth sufficient to quickly melt its new white cover while the pines held their white dusting. It was beautiful to look at but we remained indoors all day.
For the past several years we have potted up several Easter lily bulbs late in the fall. Buried to their rims, they had a cold period that ended at New Year's day. Then they were moved to the basement for a bit of warmth. When growth appeared, the pots were moved upstairs and placed in a sunny window. It was a game to see how close to Easter Sunday our flowers appeared. Last year our bulbs tired of growing so far removed from their native zone 9 temperatures produced no flowers. Even so the bulbs were planted out. Now we have lily leaves pushing out of the ground much too early. It would have been kinder if these old bulbs had been composted. We really need new stock. Perhaps we will hit the after holiday sale offerings today. White flowers would be a nice change from snow!