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Hordes of Hyacinths

For many years, I made hyacinth vases to sell before the holidays.
They always included a pre-chilled bulb, ready to be forced to bloom.

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Of course, there were always left over bulbs (as I ordered in quantity),
that I kept planting in my gardens.

Most of the hyacinth bulbs live in my ‘flower jails’
to protect them from marauding deer and rabbits.

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Every year the rabbits have chewed the flowers and leaves of the un-fenced bulbs in this bed.  This is the first year in memory, the flowers have survived.

The rabbit population rises and falls annually, opposite that of the predators, usually coyotes, though there is the occasional bobcat or bear.  Since hyacinths are blooming safely out of the fence, it lets me know to be aware the predator population is on the rise.

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Dozens of Dozens of Daffodils

For me, daffodils are the sure sign of spring.  They are not subtle, but come on strong and take over the gardens.  I love it!

Neither deer or rabbits are interested in eating these bulbs or flowers.
I keep dividing the bulbs as they multiply generously.

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This bouquet lives in a Goddess Vase I made.
Of porcelain clay, fired in my hybrid wood-fueled kiln.


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Heather Pink flowers

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This plant has been in my garden for at least 5 years, maybe even 10 years (time flies!), and I’ve never noticed the flowers looking nicer than they do this year.  Deer, rabbits and any other varmits that find their way here, have all left the heathers alone.  If I live long enough, I can see this plant grow and cover quite a bit more ground.  There are some heathers on the other side of the house that have been there 25 years or more, and they now cover square yards of ground instead of square feet of ground. 

These are very sturdy plants, as they can withstand some neglect, and still thrive.  In the first photo, where you can see the flowers close-up, you get an idea of the intense pink they are.  I took these photos in the early morning, after the sun came up, but before it shown full on these plants.