Winter Flowers

Some years ago while visiting one of my friends who was living in North Carolina at the time, I was amused to find that pansies are considered “winter flowers” there. The concept of outdoor winter flowers was news to me!

Here in Alberta, growing flowers in winter takes some planning and means “indoor flowers”. I planted a pot of amaryllis to start in the kitchen, and nine pots of other bulbs to force in the garage. I should have flowers starting in January (the amaryllis). Wish me luck! The garage temperature last year was perfect for forcing blooms, so I have high hopes and planted extra pots this year. The added bonus is that I can still enjoy tulips, which if allowed to grow outdoors here, would be come a floral buffet for the mule deer.

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