I went looking for bulbs. I didn’t find what I expected.

It was time to buy plants to put in my perennial garden so I took a field trip with my sister Bean to a local nursery to peruse my options. We cruised through the aisles to see what our options were, but in the end I only bought one plant: a red Kangaroo’s Paw. Considering the prices, I decided that I’d have to do my plantings over a span of time- maybe a plant or two each week until the garden was full.

Afterwards we went to Home Depot to compare prices (Home Depot wins, BTW) and I decided I would look for some Ranunculus bulbs. Bulbs, I reasoned, would be cheaper than live plants and would take longer to grow anyway so I might as well get them started early. Thinking of tulip bulbs, I was expecting something solid and round. Instead, I came home with something that looks like a packet of crickets. Corms, they’re called, I guess.

So I’ve read it’s good to soak them before planting them, so now it looks like I have a bowl full of crawdads sitting on my kitchen counter. Tomorrow I’ll put them in the bed and cross my fingers that they actually come up.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on February 17, 2018.

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