{Forced} Tulips

It’s rainy and gray outside today.  Don’t get me wrong, I love rain – but I LOVE the sun more.  So, I thought I would share with you a little sunshine and happiness today in the form of tulips 🙂
 
Tulips speak spring to me.  I haven’t planted bulbs in years.  I just can’t seem to remember!!  But when I saw this post by Kim at Sand and Sisal I knew I had to try it.  I love the looked of forced tulips in glass vases.  I love that you can see all the parts, and I love that you can have that early bit of spring inside.  But, you know I have told you that I am not a patient person….so when Kim also shared her “cheater” version I was on it.  I found my perfect specimen at Aldi for $3.99!! Love it.  Everything else I needed I had.  So, here is what I started with.

 

 

I wasn’t sure how many bulbs I would find or how big they would be so I pulled both vases, but in the end I went with the bigger one.  

 

 

The first step is to remove the bulbs from the pot and the dirt.  I was certain that I was killing them as I ripped apart the roots to free the bulbs.  But, I just had to try.  Hey, if it didn’t work – I only lost $4 ;).  

 

 

 

I did my best to get all the dirt off and trimmed the roots down as Kim instructed and then I started putting together the masterpiece.  First place a couple of handfuls of glass stones (or whatever you have or like – some sort of rock).  
 
Add water just to the top of the stones.

 

 

Then place the bulbs on top of the stones and voila…

 

Well, hmmmm.  That doesn’t look like Kim’s.  So, I used some stones that I had leftover and placed them around the bulbs to help them to stay in position.  There that’s better. 

 

 

 

And what glory I saw a few days later…
 

 

I’m soooo happy this worked!!  Please be sure to check out Kim’s post for the real way to force tulip bulbs and for her full instructions on how to do it the cheater way ;).  
 
 
Trying to get organized today on a plan for some spring cleaning.  Hoping to have warm, sunny, open windows kind of weather soon so I can get started!!

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