Back in December I noticed that the “Sharry Baby” oncidium orchid was growing a spike. Now, two months later, the inflorescence is about 3′ tall, branched and covered with flowers. It’s the first time I’ve ever had an oncidium bloom for me – I find that I enjoy the flowers even more when I’ve grown them myself.
The same it true for the spring bulbs that I potted up in November. I’ve had a couple of pots of hyacinths blossom in the house. There’s nothing like the smell of hyacinths in late winter to remind you that spring is just around the corner.
The pot of tulips has blossomed as well. I find that tulips can be a little temperamental when being forced. If the light isn’t right the plants can get too big and if the soil every dries out, the buds can wither. I must have done everything right this year because the pot of tulips is beautiful.