Tulip and Daphne Updates

Tulips - Day 15

Tulips – Day 15

On February 26 I began an experiment to force some tulip bulbs that had been chilling in my refrigerator drawer for 6-7 weeks. I checked and measured the bulbs’ progress this morning.

Tulip Bulbs Developed Healthy Roots

Tulip Bulbs Developed Healthy Roots

 

There are 6 Endless Spring Orange Blend and 3 Persian Pearl. All are actively growing and have developed good roots. One in particular is teacher’s pet, having reached up 7.5 inches.

Forced Tulips - Day 15

Forced Tulips – Day 15

I still intend to follow up on the advice I received to add more rocks and provide a framework to support the bulbs; time just slipped away. The container has been in a cool, fairly dark room for 15 days. I think it might be time to bring it out into the light.

My concerns about the Daphne odora (Winter daphne) were mostly unfounded. Although the shrubs certainly were damaged and browned by the severe cold weather in February, the flowers survived. This week every time I open my front door the sweet lemony fragrance makes me smile and breathe deeply.

Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' (Winter daphne)

Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ (Winter daphne)

Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' (Winter daphne)

Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ (Winter daphne)

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26 thoughts on “Tulip and Daphne Updates

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Stepheny, I know you’ve probably heard Thomas Jefferson wrote to Charles Willson Peale from Poplar Forest [1811]: “but tho’ an old man, I am but a young gardener.” I will never be an old man but this rings true with me. No matter how much I garden I feel such a novice.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I’m so thrilled the Daphne made it. My neighbor mentioned she was noticing something that smelled wonderful and as we were talking she caught a whiff of the daphne and realized that’s what she’d been smelling.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The Daphne fragrance is quite distinctive and pleasant, citrus-like, but sweet also. The leaves and many of the flowers are brown but it sure did bloom well this year.

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  1. Cathy

    I’m glad the Daphne didn’t suffer permanent damage. I love the fragrance but it isn’t grown around here as it is just too fragile. I shall just have to use my imagination! 🙂

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  2. Julie

    I’m glad your Daphne has come through the very cold weather and you have so many wonderful blossoms Susie, I can imagine the perfume.

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  3. Stephi

    When I first saw the picture of the Daphne I thought it was something you looking forward to seeing bloom later in the season. It’s amazing how far ahead you are. I really need to move south 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Stephi, I was curious about when the Daphne bloomed in prior years, seems just about on time, but daffodils are late this year–just starting to fill out. You’ll probably not find me thinking about moving up north after seeing pictures of the winter you’ve been through.

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  4. Bec

    That daphne looks lovely – gplad it pulled through – ive just got my camellia and hellebore flowering in a rather soggy manchester (uk)

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Will do. I left the tulips out in the light and every time I came in the kitchen today several of them seemed to have inched upward more.

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  5. Christina

    It will be fun to see what happens with your bulbs grown in this way. I grew mine in normal compost (my own). I wish I could grow the Daphne, I’m so glad yours survived the freeze and is flowering for you.

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  6. P&B

    Bravo on your project. I can hardly wait to see them flower. How do you change the water without damaging the roots?

    I’m glad that the Daphne doesn’t suffer much winter damage and is flowering now. Keep the front door open.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The Daphne doesn’t look so great but the scent is perfect anyway. I’m worried the tulips are just all leaves. We’ll see. After the first week I changed the water once just by tipping the container carefully, but lately have just been topping off. Too lazy, but also the roots seems to have adhered to the rocks and I worried about damaging them.

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