HELEN LANG: Hundreds of bulbs finally find a home for winter

This was something that has been worrying me for at least a month — bulbs still in bags, patiently waiting for attention

There has been a lot in the news about the hurricane in the Philippines.

Well, there has been a small one right here in Sidney — this one is called ‘Leslie’,  which is the name of my middle daughter.

It all took place on my balcony. Admittedly it was something of a mess — geranium petals scattered on the floor, pots full of dying foliage, lily stalks standing like wounded soldiers, weeds multiplying in pots.

Leslie was horrified. She went to work shifting pots, ridding others of dying plants, moving soil from small pots into a few larger ones and finally washing the floor. The whole place now looks great.

Then, we planted bulbs, at least one hundred: crocus, anemones, tulips and daffodils. It should be glorious out there next spring.

Right now I am exhausted and she, still full of pep, is on a ferry headed back to Vancouver.

This was something that has been worrying me for at least a month — bulbs still in bags, patiently waiting for attention but just sitting there, going nowhere, probably wondering if they’d been forgotten. Now they are safely in the soil, promising a beautiful potted garden next spring and I am lying down trying to recover.

But it is done! Now once a week a thorough watering should be enough to get them started growing and keep them happy for the winter.

Today it is glorious for the second day in a row. How lucky can we get! Every nice day is a bonus at this time of year, especially when the TV shows pictures of B.C. mountain passes plugged with drifts of snow.

Mind you the skiers are celebrating the early snow but we on the Peninsula aren’t even getting rain. And the moon at night is huge, moving across a cloudless sky. It  is so bright I can see my shadow on the wall.

The first time it appeared I jumped a foot, wondering who was in the room, but no such luck. I was still alone.

Helen Lang has been the Peninsula News Review’s garden columnist for more than 30 years.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Organizers seek input for long-awaited Oaklands community garden

Oswald Park Community Garden Design Workshop coming up on Jan. 19

Six months to Francophone Games, 600 volunteers needed

Online applications open on Jan. 14

Tech consortium invests $25 million into four University of Victoria research projects

Investments come with goal of developing, implement technologies created by Canadians

Mass-timber project in Esquimalt switches from condos to rentals

Corvette Landing will now offer rental units in the area

After cashing in on QB gambles, Chiefs and 49ers to clash in Super Bowl

KC beats Tennessee, San Francisco dispatches Green Bay to reach NFL title game

B.C. VIEWS: Few clouds on Horgan’s horizon

Horgan’s biggest challenge in the remainder of his term will be to keep the economy humming along

B.C. forest industry grasps for hope amid seven-month strike, shutdowns, changes

Some experts say this could be worse for forestry than the 2008 financial crisis

Northern B.C. RCMP investigating alleged sexual assault in downtown Smithers

One person was transported by ambulance to hospital following RCMP investigation at Sedaz

UBC, Iranian-Canadian community create memorial scholarship in honour of victims

The Jan. 8 crash killed 176 people, including 57 Canadians

Disrespectful that Horgan won’t meet during northern B.C. tour: hereditary chief

Na’moks said he was frustrated Horgan didn’t meet with the chiefs

Canucks extend home win streak to 8 with 4-1 triumph over Sharks

Victory lifts Vancouver into top spot in NHL’s Pacific Division

Most Read