Forced Bulbs and the Minimalist Gardener

I just love this shot from Pure Style by Jane Cumberbatch (photograph by Henry Bourne)Forcing bulbs is as easy as storing your film. You put them in the refrigerator. I can’t imagine not having a bunch of medium format film stock and crocus and hyacinth bulbs in there. Just leave the bulbs in for 4 to 6 weeks and then plant them in a pot of soil…fertilize with compost that is nitrogen rich and voila!you can achieve garden stardom. (It’s true that bulbs and orchids seem to mystify.) And, bulbs can be modern and minimal and will thrive in any sort of container because they are short cycled. So you can be really creative with your styles of containers and have bulbs year round.

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