Spring in a Glass

Forced bulbs

You have seen some of my bulbs earlier this season when I posted very short white hyacinth and talked about how they had gotten an inadequate period of cold so they hadn’t elongated properly.

This white bulb looks slightly better. It’s not as tall as the purple one but it’s not stuck down in the bulb like my first ones were in early January. It’s actually taller than it looks in the photo.

And full disclosure–I bought the small narcissus bulb–the yellow ‘Gaza’ with the tiny multiple blooms. It looks great with the hyacinths and just makes me smile every time I see it.

Forcing bulbs, particularly the fragrant hyacinths, is one of the ways that I get through the very long winters in my cold part of the country. You have to do what makes you happy, particularly as we struggle to emerge from the pandemic.

For more information on hyacinths, you can always see this fact sheet from the National Garden Bureau. They have designated 2021 as the Year of the Hyacinth (among other things). 

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