Concordia Way 2018 Spring Issue - Page 14



Diversions
Caring for those spring bulbs
By Dorothy Dobbie
D
rifts of golden daffodils, clouds of
fragrant hyacinth, row upon row
of brilliant tulips: this is our dream
of springtime, the brightness of the spring
bulbs freshening winter-weary eyes with
their electrifying colours.
Our labour of hope starts in fall, when we
place the pregnant bulbs, root down in the
soil, two to three times deeper than their
height. If we are kind, we put a handful
of bone meal in the planting hole and we
snuggle our bulbs into the soil in groups of
three, five or luxurious seven. Then we wait
for the snow to melt, for the first green tips
to emerge from the barren ground, for the
first early buds to appear. It’s all about simple
enjoyment now.
Soon, other plants emerge, stealing the
show from our bulb beauties, which are
beginning to fade as the days grow warmer.
Spring bulbs resent heat and will stay fresh
much longer in a late, cool spring.
Once the blossoms have dropped their
petals, we can cut the flower stalk if we like,
but don’t touch the leaves, which are busy
manufacturing the sugars needed to nourish
the bulbs for next year’s display.
As the f lowers fade, the leaves will get
larger and more lush, then begin to wilt and
turn yellow. This is the sign that their work
is done. If you leave them in place now, they
will eventually turn brown, then melt into
the soil, but most of us prefer to tidy and
pull them away from the mother bulb (if they
come away easily, this is a sure sign that they
are finished photosynthesizing) and dispose
of them.
And that is all you have to do. Don’t count
Daffodils.
on the big Darwin tulips to reemerge next
spring, although they may, but do count on
burgeoning daffodils and species tulips, both
of which will happily reproduce themselves
and may need or enjoy division every few
years. Grape hyacinths, scilla and many other
small bulbs will do the same.
Tulips.
Word Search
Crossword
Across
1. Like some of Edward Gorey's work
8. Tara surname
13. '90s Olds
14. Defames
16. Cold dessert
17. Place for mascara
18. Aides
19. Like much strenuous exercise
20. Road sign of the past
21. Blood factors (abbr.)
22. Fit ___ fiddle
23. Idlers' opposites
25. Other: Sp.
27. K2, e.g. (Abbr.)
28. Spy for the Continental Army
31. Jerk
32. Plants native to mountain tops
33. Coll. sports grp.
36. Little ones
40. Sigma predecessor
41. Language of Ireland
42. Expected
44. Gratuity
45. With "E," a Wild West legend
46. Golden ____ Bridge
47. Scold severely
49. Appearances
52. Boxes up
53. Cuban-American TV hostess Daisy
54. Degree of development
55. Derived by logic
56. Lots and plots
57. Car gear
Down
1. Potato option
2. Truman's secretary of state
3. London neighborhood
4. La Guardia or LAX
5. Nixon's pal Rebozo
6. Winnebago enthusiast, briefly
Agree
Atone
Blabs
Bolts
Build
Burnt
Choked
Class
Colds
Conifer
Cubicle
7. Corrodes
8. Printing extras
9. Big Island city
10. Mobile location
11. Beats back
12. Depth charges
14. Change positions
15. Mask features
24. Kind of carriage
25. Not by accident
26. Wheat ___ (brand of crackers)
29. Olympic discus legend
30. Roughly computed: Abbr.
33. Unaffected
34. Dry, red wine
Curves
Delay
Extol
Flies
Guide
Hammered
Herons
Intentionally
Laxative
Leans
Ledge
Midriff
Novelty
Oiled
Pastime
Peach
Pottery
Prime
Reunites
Spent
Sprayed
Swerved
Tackling
Title
Traded
Ventriloquists
Verse
Weariness
While
Whiten
Wizards
Suduko
35. Imitator
37. Wife of Napoleon III
38. Nuclear plant vat
39. Jobs for teens
43. Scottish monster, informally
45. Popular cattle breed
48. "... can't believe ____ the whole
thing!"
49. Where some worship from
50. Apartment mgr.
51. Creep, for short
Answers on page 12
14 The Concordia Way
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