Saturday, March 31, 2012
Planting Hyacinth Bulbs
Remember those hyacinths that i started forcing on November 15 and that began blooming on January 17? The bulbs are still sitting in their vases of water, looking extremely aged and pretty ugly.
It's the time to plant them in a flowerbed. Last year's hyacinths are blooming now, and i am happy to see them. Hyacinths seem to devolve over 3 or 4 years, with fewer flowers on their flower stalk every year, so i enjoy this opportunity to replenish them.
Planting the bulbs now means that i can put them exactly where i want them with regard to other flowering bulbs instead of playing the blind-man's-bluff of fall planting. "Let's see. Where were those daffodils? Where were those Siberian squill? Hmmm. Where exactly do i want to plant hyacinths?"
Jump-starting our meditation practice by going on retreat is a good way to experience how meditation can bloom for us. Then we can plant ourselves on the cushion at home with more intention. Perhaps we can find a nearby meditation group where we can sit together weekly and sprout some Dharma friendships.
May the Dharma bloom in your heart.