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Kitchen Flower Garden

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I plant flowers every year so I can have fresh cut flowers for my home all summer long.  I noticed that during the winter months I missed my flowers; so I began forcing bulbs. Bulbs are  cheap, easy to grow, and they make wonderful winter gifts for Christmas, Valentine's Day, and birthday's. My favorite place to keep them is in my kitchen; where I spend a lot of my time.  Not only are they beautiful, they add color and decoration to any kitchen. They also lift my spirits while I do the dishes and clean up.  Flowers always make me smile.
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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Several Bulbs such as Hyacinths, Crocus, or Narcissus.  I used Hyacinths.
1 Clear glass container or shallow dish.
Small rocks or decorative glass beads
Water
White Spray Paint (optional)
Red or Pink Tube paint (optional)

 





Step 2:

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I usually buy the bulbs in the fall and store them in a cool dry place until I want to start a garden. This year I failed to buy bulbs for winter so I wound up buying some bulbs that were already started in pots.  

I removed the bulbs and washed off the dirt.  
If using bulbs that have not been started,  go on to the next step.

Step 3:

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Gather a few rocks from a driveway or use glass stones. 
Wash the rocks.
 

Step 4: Paint

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If you wish to paint the rocks,  now is the time to do that. 

Spray the rock using the white spray paint.
Dry.
Draw a picture or write a message on the rocks using the tube paint. 
Dry.

Step 5: Arrangement

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Have the rocks, container,  and bulbs handy.
Start placing the bulbs in the desired container; anchoring the roots down with a few rocks.
Add a few more rocks to cover the bottom of the container. 
Top with the painted rocks if desired.
Add water up to the shoulder of the bulb.

i love these decorative bulbs and they just perfect in kitchens, bathroms,living rooms..almost everywehre!
sunshiine (author)  Kawthar Xoubi1 year ago
They do lift the human spirit in the winter when everything is dormant! Thanks for commenting! Have a super day!

Sunshiine
SIRJAMES092 years ago
I love this idea!!

I always knew you could force bulbs, but I didn't know how till now, TY for sharing Sunshiine!

I have a Q.

the roots. being all scrunched up like that, won't that have a detrimental effect on the plant??

and Hyacinths, OMG!!! I love hyacinths!!! they are my favorite flower!
well I know what my next project is going to be. :)

TY for sharing!
sunshiine (author)  SIRJAMES092 years ago
Thanks for commenting SIRJAMES! The roots did not seems to hurt the plant at all. It blossomed very nicely. The only down side is I have heard that when force blooming is used for bulbs they won't bloom if planted again. I am drying these bulbs and freezing them in the freezer for a few weeks and trying it again to see if it is true. Have a Happy Spring!
sunshiine
Had to look when I saw your post about this not being a cooking skill- but I'm glad it was accepted. The way I see it - cleamimg up is part of cooking so since this brightens your spirits while doing dishes it must be a skill because doing dishes isn't a very cheery part for most anyone! Good job!
sunshiine (author)  barefootbohemian2 years ago
Thanks for commenting! Have a beautiful day!
Sunshiine
canucksgirl2 years ago
So pretty. I love the idea of fresh blooms in the winter. I'll have to give this a try! Thanks so much for sharing. ;)
sunshiine (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Thanks for commenting! It brings me joy in the kitchen!
Sunshiine
I can see why. ;)
btw, i just got the rating stars to work!
sunshiine (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Thank you! There are some buggy stuff going on tonight with the site. Dang!
Sunshiine
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