Dec. 20th, 2016

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So a couple months ago I posted about ordering a lot of bulbs. A few tulips, a few more daffodils, and hundreds of blue squill.

Well, what with the project delays, Steve's achilles tendon injury, and the difficulty in hiring anyone who would make time for our project, they never got planted. (We couldn't even get people to finish seeding the grass; Steve ended up out there on his peg leg finishing the job, and got the last of the seed down just before the snow.) Obviously it is now too late.

So I am trying to decide what to do with these bulbs.

I don't know what the shelf life of bulbs is. Can I save them to plant next year?

I looked up what is involved in forcing bulbs and frankly it looks like more than I am prepared to do, not to mention that I didn't choose the right kinds.

My other idea is to just throw them out into the yard, on top of the snow. The deer and rabbits will eat the tulips. The daffodils are less tasty but I still doubt they'll grow. But perhaps some of the blue squill will make it; those bulbs are tiny and don't need to be planted very deep. My hope is that they'll drop down through the snow, into the bed of straw that covers the grass seed, and some will take root. And if any make it, they will spread. It's more hopeful than just pitching them would be.

Anyone have an opinion on this?

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