It’s bulb planting time and I’ve been happily sorting through those I saved from last year and sourcing some new ones. This year I decided to get a bit more information on bulb growing and care, to make the most of what I have. Armed with a good quality plant food, clean pots and potting mix, I anticipate an abundance of beautiful flowers throughout the spring months.
This is the first time I have attempted to save my own bulbs and I was excited to see how they had fared. When I opened the bag of tulip bulbs I had lifted after last year’s growth had finished, I was thrilled to see that the 5 bulbs from last year had yielded over 30 usable ‘pups’ to plant for the coming spring.
Then it was on to the huge pile of grape hyacinths I had harvested from a pot that had become overcrowded. I was looking forward to an extravagance of plants to provide splashes of brilliant blue around the garden. I had scooped them out of the tired old soil, cleaned them off a bit and put them in an empty pot in a cupboard and pretty much forgotten about them. But when I removed the pot, brimming with happy thoughts of a pleasant afternoon of planting, I was greeted with a sad soggy smelly mess of rotting vegetation!
I hadn’t really followed the correct method of drying out the bulbs before I stored them in a dry paper bag and now I was paying the price of trying to shortcut that process. I was disappointed and a bit let down and felt I really could have done better.
Sometimes when we set ourselves goals, we omit to think through the necessary steps that it will take to achieve those goals. It is easy to try to jump straight from wanting something; to expecting it to happen with minimal effort, but that rarely works well for us. It’s far better to take the time work out a robust process and follow it through step by step to a successful conclusion.
What are the biggest lessons you have learnt about how to achieve your goals?