A little Springtime in January

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance

Hello everyone-Due to unseasonably warm temps for most of the winter I discovered these over the mild 70* weekend when I was out in the garden working. I had planted a total of 1000 Fall Bulbs. 350 of which were tulips. I had also dug up some tulips and hyacinths that I had planted last year in wooden planters. I found out that tulips don't need a very long cooliing period before they begin to sprout.

So imagine my surprise to find these. It is supposed to only be the the mid 30's part of next week so hope no more sprout now. Only 1 hyacinth but 5 tulips have so far. What a change from planting in the North where all the bulbs would be buried under the snow for much of the winter.

 

Tulip

tulip

Hyacinth

hyacinth

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Sharon Lee

Comments (28)

Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Roger-Not sure. I guess I will have to wait and find out.

Jan 16, 2013 06:09 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Sharon,

Wow how fun is that, biut wait a minute, how did we switch weather patterns, you are having our weather, it is cold here, and the cats are cuddling under the second down conforter.  A

Jan 16, 2013 06:18 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

That's something!  I won't be seeing anything like that for quite awhile.  My husband is out in the driveway running the snowblower right now.  

Jan 16, 2013 06:37 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Tulips popping up very early. It happens, then sometimes they get snowed on again. I guess they were tired hanging out below ground.

Jan 16, 2013 11:44 AM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Sharon

It looks like your experiencing a warm winter.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 16, 2013 11:51 AM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

That is early, Sharon. I love hyacinths but can't abide the scent so outside is good!

Jan 16, 2013 10:11 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Alexandra-It is anyone's guess why the weather does what it does. Now today we are supposed to get snow. Go figure.

Sharon-We don't generally get much snow here but I remember the snowblowing days. I did it for many years myself.

Gary-They will most likely get snowed on this afternoon.

Lou-But we are headed for a cold spell.

Toni-It is indeed. I love the smell too but I can see where it would be potent indoors.

Jan 16, 2013 11:37 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Looks like some cold temps  headed my way and I guess yours too.  Hopefully our bulbs will make it.

Jan 17, 2013 12:13 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Tammy-Snow this afternoon. I am going to go out and cover them with mulch and hope it works.

Jan 17, 2013 01:12 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Sharon, We have had some unusually cold temps lately and hope for warmer weather! Your plants are confused but covering them may help protect them, wishing for the best for you.

Jan 18, 2013 01:36 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Thank you Wanda-I did cover them so we shall see. All the best to you

Jan 18, 2013 02:00 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Uh oh!  I have some tulip bulbs in water indoors and I hope they'll bloom in Feb or March.  I've done this with Hyacinths but never with tulips before so we'll see!

 

Jan 18, 2013 09:12 AM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

I came back to see how the hyacinth babies were doing, Sharon. Hope they are getting bigger. I love to watch them grow.

Jan 19, 2013 08:52 PM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Susan-I have never tried the forcing thing before. I didn't know you could do that in water. Hope it works for you. You will have to let me know.

Toni-I covered the sprout with mulch so hopefully they will be protected from the elements. It will be in the 50's today and tomorrow. I haven't looked at them since I covered them the other day before we got the snow.

Jan 19, 2013 10:40 PM
Sondra Meyer:
Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Hi Sharon,

With a 1000 bulbs, of which 350 are tulips, I predict your yard is going to look stunningly beautiful later this spring.  That must have been a lot of work getting them planted.  How long did it take? 

I hope the additional mulch worked.  I'm looking forward to your pictures when everything is in bloom.  I hope you enjoy the rest of your day. 

Jan 20, 2013 03:51 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Sondra-I sure hope so. It was a LOT of work and I actually started working on the transformation of the backyard in March of last year and worked on it almost everyday since then. I have MANY raised beds. The bulbs took probably 2-3 months to plant as I am not able to work too long at a time becaue of the back issues plus my caretaker responsibilities for Mom. I have enjoyed it tremendously and it just got bigger and bigger as I went along. Smiling

Jan 20, 2013 06:41 AM
Sondra Meyer:
Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

I wasn't envisioning it taking that long.....pout, pout, pout.  How can a normal gardener ever get the type of yard that you are about to have? 

I'm glad that you haven't mentioned anything about pesky squirrels.  The last time I tried bulbs the squirrels were digging them up. 

I hope you have a great week. 

Jan 22, 2013 11:04 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Sondra-What is a normal gardener? Must be it isn't me. Smiling. As far the length of time it took me to plant the bulbs I am sure someone else could do it much quicker. I am naturally slower plus I  have to stop frequently because of my back. Now as far as the squirrels digging them up I haven't noticed any dug up. I know they do. I have plenty of birdseed for the birds so maybe the squirrels are getting their fill of that and leaving the tulips alone. I would not be a happy camper if they did that. Hope you have a great week too.

Jan 22, 2013 10:00 PM
Barbara Raley
The McNelis Group,LLC - Solomons, MD
When you think of Real Estate, think of me!

We just planted over 100 bulbs and have been praying they don't come up to soon. We added extra mulch so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

 

Jan 29, 2013 02:01 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Barbara-I have had more come up but have covered them with mulch so hope it works.

Jan 29, 2013 02:03 AM