Imperfect Chilling

Forced Hyacinth

If you knew me, you could think that the title of this post refers to this winter and me! Even though it has been abnormally mild, I am still constantly cold. My running commentary is that I own a coat that’s supposed to keep me warm down to minus 7 (Fahrenheit) and I am still frozen in that!

Needless to say, I don’t buy the idea that there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. If I don’t own enough layers for my very temperate climate, I have no idea how people fare in really cold places.

But what this post is actually about is the hyacinth, above. It’s blooming–in fact, I am not sure if you can tell, but there’s 2 flowers in bloom there. And I am reaping all the benefits of the forcing like the scent. But it’s not the most attractive thing I have ever seen.

What’s happened is that the bulb didn’t get a decent period of chill. I am not quite sure why it decided to bloom anyway. None of the other bulbs are showing signs of blooming yet.

But just to be sure, I have moved them to a cooler spot so that they stay cool a while longer. It’s only been 6-7 weeks. That’s a little early for bloom, as you can see.

But this was a nice surprise!

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