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November 2, 2017

Cold Week- November Arrives

The gutters were installed at the end of last week.  We've never had gutters on the house or garage before because of our heavy snow load/melting and ice issues but the contractor swears that they'll hold up just fine.

It's always been a problem when it rains with water dripping straight across the garage so getting into the garage without getting big drips on you was impossible.  

In a weak moment I ordered more tulips.  I wanted to try some in a planter.  I will be moving the big pot into the garage and the plan is to bring it out after about 12 weeks. 

These are narcissus bulbs- big fat healthy ones!

I layered the pot with the bulbs starting with the two types of narcissus (daffodils).  This may be fantastic or an epic fail!

I covered them with a layer of dirt...

Then I put the two kinds of tulips on top and I added fertilizer as I went along for each layer ...

Covered with another layer of dirt...

The top layer are the muscari (grape hyacinths).  Each bulb has different requirements for the depth that they are planted.  My biggest problem will be if they freeze out since they are in a planter.  The garage stays a bit warmer than the outdoors but it's still iffy as to whether this will work.

It's full to the top!  Fingers crossed that I'll have a good outcome!  

This was the morning of Halloween!  I thought it was neat how the snow accented everything.

It started snowing a bit more later that morning.

Fortunately it's all melted. This weekend all of these things will be put away. 

Sadly another family member has passed so we will be headed downstate for the funeral.  My aunt was 96.  We will rejoice in the full life she lived and at peace knowing she's gone to be with God and re-united with her husband. 
My mom on the left and my aunt on the right many years ago.  My mom is 95 now.  That was an afghan my aunt knitted for my mom.   She gifted my mom with afghans and sweaters each Christmas for many years.
Rest in Peace dearest Aunt Lavina


  1. May Peace be with you and the family.

    I hope your Tulip technique works out, I still need to get
    mine in the ground. Maybe I should try a few in a pot.
    Linda C in Seattle.

  2. Love your garage and Hubby does too. I cannot believe you have snow already. We had some in the mountains, but not where I live. I can wait til next month for that.

  3. I'll be thinking of you and your family, Liz. It sounds like your Aunt was a talented woman.
    I don't know what we'd do without gutters. I hope they work fine for you.
    Your planned pot of bulbs will be gorgeous--I do hope to see them here as they bloom. ♥

  4. Hi Liz,
    Sorry for your loss. What a wonderful long life your aunt had. Love that pic of your mom and here under the pretty afgahan. I hope this experiment works for you with the bulbs. I cannot wait until Spring to see if they will come up in the planter. This will be a great idea if it works. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  5. I am really, really sorry to hear about your Aunt Lavina's passing. I know that has to hurt, especially when you pull up old photos of times past when everyone was healthy and happy. I'll be rooting for your tulips to take root!

  6. "In a weak moment I ordered..." Oh my goodness, I laughed so hard when I read that. I have a lot of those weak moments. I was actually planting 200+ bulbs on November 1st here as it was snow, cursing myself as my fingertips were freezing solid. I can't wait to see how your planter turns out. I've always wanted to do that, but no way am I buying more bulbs this year.

  7. Liz, I am so sorry to hear about your Aunt Lavina’s passing. Treasured memories keep them on our mind and in our hearts. I hope your trip is safe. It will be good to see your family. Looking forward to see how the bulbs turn out. I know it will be fabulous, because your yard in the spring always look so pretty. Stay warm.


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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