The chick­ens aren’t the only ones sick of this win­ter­time weather incon­ve­nience. I’ve been jonesin’ for spring for weeks now. Well, spring and choco­late. I can do some­thing about the chocolate.

It turns out, I can do a lit­tle some­thing about spring too!  Some of my gar­den­ing pals egged me on (*snicker*) with their dis­cus­sion of all the spring bulbs they were buy­ing for forc­ing. The nurs­ery of choice among these sea­soned gar­den­ers was Brent and Becky’s.

Hey, I can keep up with the Jone­ses and get my jones on too! (Is any­one fol­low­ing me here?)

spring forced bulbs sm

Here’s the Brent and Becky’s win­ter mix bulbs with nar­cis­sus, tulips and small oxalis peak­ing out around their feet. Next to it is the gor­geous Amarylis ‘Elvas’ and the stout lit­tle ‘Fox­trot’ tulips.

elvas sm

tulipe foxtrot sm

I also have some Princes Irene and ‘Lilac Won­der’ tulips, but they’re not quite ready for their debut.

There’s still a lot of win­ter left here in South­ern Mary­land. In fact, as I write this it’s snow­ing. The weather guessers had pre­dicted a cou­ple of inches. Right now it looks like it’s about eight inches and rising.

I responded, of course, by order­ing seeds. So far I’ve placed a nice, healthy order at Baker Creek Heir­loom Seeds and a small­ish order at Cook’s Gar­den.  I’m not even closed to fin­ished yet, cause I’m jonesin’ for some sum­mer bulbs.

Brent and Becky’s here I come!

Robin

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, will be released later in 2014 from Taunton Press.

Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.

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