Whine and You Shall Receive (Bulbs) – plus a delicious brisket recipe!
OK, so remember that last post, where I was griping about how my bulbs hadn’t arrived yet? Well, never mind.
As if in silent rebuke, the 200 free daffodil bulbs from Colorblends arrived the very next day.
The following day I got right to work, making pretty good progress.
And the day after that, Sunday, was my birthday. Our older son Daniel hung out almost the whole day at our house, and he did indeed help me finish up the Daffodil containers. We planted up 11 containers with 12-13 bulbs each.
I’m going to try a new (for me) approach to overwintering, but I’ll talk about that in another post. My hope is to avoid a repeat of the Great Daffodil Disaster of 2017.
This leaves 60-70 bulbs for planting in the Parkway Bed, where they can join their comrades who were planted last year. Here’s the Colorblends Daffodils blooming in the Parkway Bed this past April.
The bulbs we got were a mix called Top 40. I have mixed feelings about bulb mixes. On the one hand, they deprive me of the ability to agonize over picking just a few out of the thousands of varieties to be found online. There is a certain loss of control.
On the other hand, as Forest Gump would say, life is like a daffodil bulb mix – you never know what you’re going to get. Surprises can be fun. And there is a certain liveliness to a mix of blooms. I have reservations only about the double daffodils that I would not order if I were picking the varieties myself.
Plus, there’s the fact that these are free bulbs. No reservations about that.
Of course, I still don’t have the Tulips and other bulbs I ordered from John Scheepers. Those are supposed to arrive today. I hope they come early enough that I get a chance to start in on them.
As for the rest of my birthday, Daniel’s girlfriend Beckee joined us in the evening for dinner. Daniel made an apple pie (I like birthday pie, not cake), and Judy made a spicy variation on an old favorite of mine – brisket with prunes. Here’s the recipe, in case you’re interested.
Overall, it was a quiet but jolly birthday, even without the Daffodil bulbs.