Kitchen Flower Garden

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Introduction: Kitchen Flower Garden

About: I am married with two children. Spring, summer, and fall are my very favorite times of the year. I enjoy working in the yard, sewing, cooking, quilting, gardening, and creating. I do this to keep my sanity.

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.

Step 1: Supplies

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:

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:

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

Step 4: Paint

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

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.

Step 6: A Few Arrangements

Here are a few arrangements I made up to share.  I made one in a shallow dish that was not deep enough to cover the shoulder of the bulb.
I think it will be OK because it has a nice root system.  
The important thing is to keep the bulbs wet.

Step 7: Starting the Roots

Because I used bulbs with a good root system; I can place them in a sunny room and expect them to bloom soon.

Place bulbs in cool, dark room (preferably under 50 degrees F) for four to eight weeks until the root system has developed and the top elongates.
Then place them in a sunny location where they will soon bloom.

Step 8: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

Some bulbs do better in dirt.  I like to use water if I can.  I have given them to family and friends and they love them. 
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a beautiful day!
Sunshiine

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    10 Discussions

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    Kawthar Xoubi

    i love these decorative bulbs and they just perfect in kitchens, bathroms,living rooms..almost everywehre!

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    sunshiine
    sunshiine

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    They do lift the human spirit in the winter when everything is dormant! Thanks for commenting! Have a super day!

    Sunshiine

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    SIRJAMES09
    SIRJAMES09

    8 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    sunshiine
    sunshiine

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    sunshiine
    sunshiine

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for commenting! Have a beautiful day!
    Sunshiine

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    canucksgirl
    canucksgirl

    8 years ago on Introduction

    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. ;)

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    sunshiine
    sunshiine

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for commenting! It brings me joy in the kitchen!
    Sunshiine

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    canucksgirl
    canucksgirl

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I can see why. ;)
    btw, i just got the rating stars to work!

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    sunshiine
    sunshiine

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you! There are some buggy stuff going on tonight with the site. Dang!
    Sunshiine