Bulb Survival

Judy Glattstein jgglatt@gmail.com
Sat, 26 Oct 2019 17:50:40 PDT
It is astonishing what / how bulbs survive. But maybe not. After all, 
bulb / corm / tuber are a plant's way of getting through hard times.

I recently saw daffodil foliage sprouting in my compost heap. Puzzling 
over it I realized that late last spring I found some neglected paper 
white narcissus bulbs (an impulse purchase at Costco) in my garage where 
they had been languishing since last fall. That's fall of 2018. So I 
tossed them out. They slept all summer, which was a wet one. We had an 
end of summer dry spell. Then some rain. And now they are growing quite 
nicely. No flower buds, just foliage.

I won't excavate them and bring them indoors. Not worth the greenhouse 
space, which is jam packed anyhow. But it is still a lovely reminder of 
the will to grow that bulbs may offer us.

Judy in New Jersey where cannas are still holding on but I expect a 
black frost any time soon

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