Sunday, 13 September 2009

Hyacinths

I always think it is nice to have some spring bulbs flowering in the middle of gloomy winter. As September is the time of year for planting bulbs, this year I have decided to pot up some hyacinths. Planting them now means that they should be flowering around Christmas/New Year time.

These are the bulbs. Three of each colour. The white bulbs are yellow flowers and the red bulbs are pink flowers
These are the pots I'm going to be using. They belonged to my grandmother and I remember her always using them to plant hyacinths.

Put a layer of compost in the pot and set the bulbs out on it so that they're not quite touching.



Fill the spaces with compost, making sure that the bulbs just have their noses showing. Water the pots and then leave them in a cool, dark place such as a shed or garage. Check on them regularly and water them sparingly if needed. When the shoots are showing bring them into the light and then hopefully, you will have beautiful hyacinth flowers ready for Christmas.


If they are ready at Christmas it is nice to give them as presents.

23 comments:

  1. You see I always end up forgetting to plant my hyacinth bulbs! thanks for reminding me!
    Love
    Lyn
    xxx

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  2. I love those bowls! they are going to look brill...XXX

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  3. I love Hyacinths!
    We usually buy them in November and enjoy their beautiness and scent at Christmas time!
    Have a lovely Sunday!

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  4. How divine, I am going to pot mine at the ned of the month and some paper whites too, al la Sarah Raven!

    Please keep us posted of their progress,

    Love Sarah x

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  5. Love it! I'm going to do it. I have several shallow containers that are empty...perfect.

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  6. Hello, "jacintos" are so beautiful and great smelling, so sweet. I´m pretty soon removing them from the soil and keep them dark and cool.. it´s so nice I can see their bloom again from the north, and in your grandma´s pots, much better!!
    Cariños
    María Cecilia
    (excuse my english)

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  7. Hyacinths! Thank you for reminding me and it's a nice idea of gardening for Christmas!!

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  8. What a wonderful way to use family heirlooms! I'm getting out some of my great-grandmothers serving pieces (pewter I believe) to display fall and winter in...

    Can't wait to see the gorgeous colors your bulbs will bloom into, I'll be back frequently to watch their progress!

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  9. Thanks for the reminder. Like Lyn, I always forget to plant them. Trip to the garden centre tomorrow for me!!

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  10. A great reminder! I am so greatful. You know I have been so busy decorating lately that I have overlooked the garden! I must start planting some bulbs.
    Hyacinths have such a lovely heady scent!
    Isabelle x

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  11. Thank you, Susie, on your lesson for planting hyacinths. I am going to give them a try. I love that you are using your grandmother's planters. I am always looking for something to have blooming through the cold winter months although I have had a rose or two blooming in December due to our warm Central Texas weather. Have a beautiful week. Vicki

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  12. I love the pots that you've potted the bulbs in! I would love to try this, but I know that I will most likely forget about them in their cool, dark place! But I will be planting some bulbs in the ground. I want to plant lots of tulips and Asiatic lilies, but I have to lay large stones over them once they're planted,then mark my calendar to take them off, otherwise the squirrels dig them all up and have a gourmet feast! Glorified rats!

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  13. What a great idea to make and give as Christmas presies!
    Must do that! Thanks for sharing!

    ENJOY LIFE`S SIMPLE TREASURES,
    DEBBIE MOSS

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  14. I like the planters you have used and thanks for the great Christmas present idea.
    xxx

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  15. I love the hyacinths, they smell so wonderful and they are a bright spot in the middle of winter. I need to do this! Thanks for stopping by and entering my Giveaway drawing. You have two entries, good luck!

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  16. Hi
    Thats what I love continuity and sentiment all rolled into one thats what makes the world go round!
    Susan

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  17. great post...I have never tried this...okay once and they rotted...but I think I might try again!

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  18. I always intend to plant Hyacinth bulbs but always forget - thanks for reming me. My Mum used to plant Hyacinths in a green pot just like the one in your photo:)

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  19. I like the colours but I really wish they would create one without the over-powering perfume !

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  21. I love this idea! I would like to try this, if not this year then soon! :) It would be wonderful to have some colorful flowers in the house for a bit of the winter! :) Yours look beautiful! :)

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  22. must remember to buy hyacinth bulbs -- thank you for the reminder :-)

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  23. I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool.
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    參觀,Thanks

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