...getting ready for Christmas.
Actually, I am feeling dismayed that Winter is upon us, and I will have neither bloom nor bud, so I am working feverishly to fix that.
I have potted up 8 amaryllis bulbs, to have them look nice enough to give as Christmas gifts, even if they are not blooming then. Also, I have 12 pots of paper whites to force. Each pot has at least 3 bulbs (blue enameled mugs), and some have as many as 7 bulbs (pretty crystal vases). They (the bulbs) are just set on pretty gravel, and when they get tall enough, I will gather the foliage and bloom stems into a bouquet, and tie them up with a gingham ribbon. It keeps them from flopping over.
Also, to keep them from getting extremely tall, you can stunt their growth with a shot of vodka. Keeps them about half their original height.
And...when the blooms are gone, I always plant these narcissus in the ground. They will come back next year.
Tough plants, the daffodil.