There is never any question about me planting bulbs in the fall. It is such a hopeful part of gardening. Today it was 70* which we normally do not experience until mid April. Tomorrow the 50’s return.
Background information from Wikipedia:
Telopea truncata, commonly known as the Tasmanian waratah, is a plant in the family Proteaceae. It is endemic to Tasmania where it is found on moist acidic soils, similar to Western Washington west of the Cascades.
The flower heads, known as inflorescences, are terminal—that is, they arise on the ends of small branches—and are surrounded by small inconspicuous hairy bracts.
This is one of my most satisfying gardening projects. I start petunias in January the transplant them into hanging baskets in March. They spend the next six weeks growing in the cool greenhouse before moving to their hanging location at the front of our home.
I put in a layer of mix the some pre moistened water saving crystals. Pre moistened is the key word here. If you forget this step, you could see an erupting soil volcano when they finally absorb water!
Every year I like to try something new and this seems to be the year for a miniature garden. Not a fairy garden, but just a small scene yet to be determined. Inspired by Janit Calro’s book “Gardening in Miniature” and her display at #nwfgs this year! I think this will be my new area of gardening to explore this summer.
Janit explains plant selection and scale very well in her book and on her website http://www.twogreenthumbs.com
Maybe I will be able to work in a micro mini rose.