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Hyacinths for Christmas

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Now, I know that not everyone likes the smell of hyacinths, but I do, and for many years now, I have enjoyed growing them in hyacinth vases to bring a touch of spring into the house over December. To be honest, the vases are as big an attraction for me as the flowers and I have a fair old collection now…Here are just a few of them…

Blue hyacinths for the blue and turquoise vases…. (Spot the mistakes – got bulbs mixed up)

Pink ones for the pink and purple vases …..

And so on…. There are many, many more, but I don’t want to be boring. They are started off at different times and kept in the coolest parts of the house so they flower all through December, filling the rooms with scent.

Just a little bit of springtime in the winter.

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They are absolutely lovely as the the vases. A geat idea to start them off at different times to fill the rooms with scent.

I started growing hyacinths inside one year, but found the fragrance too over-powering for me.

I now just enjoy them in the garden.

7 Dec, 2011

 

These are lovely....I might just grow some indoors this year! I like the smell of Hyacinths.

7 Dec, 2011

 

Love the containers - I'm a lover of glass things generally, really like the pinky purple tinted ones.

7 Dec, 2011

 

I adore the fragrance, its a good idea I like the vases also, we only seem to get a choice of clear glass vases, but maybe I didnt look properly.

7 Dec, 2011

 

These are all old ones, Cazcat. I get them mostly from that online marketplace we all know and love!

7 Dec, 2011

 

Actually, seeing them again, I love 'em all... I have a windowsill full of dark blue glass - and a display cupboard full of paperweights and other glass... Good job I've never seen these on sale, I wouldn't have been able to resist - just for the glass, not for growing hyacinths, lol

7 Dec, 2011

 

One problem, Bamboo, is that the old victorian Bristol Blue/Cobalt Blue glass is very hard to photograph successfully. It has the most amazing depth of colour, as I am sure you know, and is definitely my favourite.

7 Dec, 2011

 

Mine's the Bristol type - but the depth of colour does vary - I notice the more expensive items have the deep colour, cheaper ones don't.

7 Dec, 2011

 

those are beautiful, i have tried to grow them in a glass several times but it has never worked ~ what am i doing wrong?

7 Dec, 2011

 

Not sure, Sticki. Do you buy 'prepared' bulbs? They are really the only ones which will flower for Christmas. You can prepare normal outdoor bulbs at home in a fridge for a few weeks, but they will flower much later.

7 Dec, 2011

 

they were all 'prepared' but they generally grew no roots or went mouldy?? is it to do with how near the water level is to the bulb?

7 Dec, 2011

 

When you 'plant' them, the bottom of the bulb should just be touching the water. If the water is higher, the bulb can go mouldy or rot and any lower, then roots won't grow down. It's worth checking the level in the first few days to keep it right. After the roots grow down into the water, you're off the hook and can just top up when obviously needed. Hope that helps?

7 Dec, 2011

 

They're lovely aren't they. I wouldn't have been bored if you'd shown them all :o)

7 Dec, 2011

 

shall have to have another go ~ especially looking at your lovely display ~ thanks for putting these on here.

7 Dec, 2011

 

They are all gorgeous (whatever colour vase they're in!!). I love the smell of hyacinths but my husband finds the smell to heady, so I just grow them outside (boo hoo)

7 Dec, 2011

 

They are absolutely lovely....I can't tell you how much I admire them Oji. I absolutely love coloured glass, and I love hyacinths too. Oh, how lovely...I am green with envy! :)) Take some pics of your others and add them on please!!

7 Dec, 2011

 

p.s. that view out of your window reminds me of the new houses in Ballater...is that where you are? One of my favourite places is Ballater..I love to eat at the Green Inn...been there twice..what a treat! :))

7 Dec, 2011

 

Thanks for the interest, everybody. My white ones are not out yet, but I'll maybe post some pictures of them in their amber vases when they do come out.

I'm not far from Ballater, Karen, so you were not far wrong. I like the Green Inn, too.

Have another go, Sticki. I'm sure you'll get them going.

7 Dec, 2011

 

might be too late now ~ not sure there are any left in the GCs now?

7 Dec, 2011

 

You are probably right, Sticki. Maybe next year? They are usually in GCs in September.

7 Dec, 2011

 

have to keep looking.

7 Dec, 2011

 

It's lovely to see so many together like this. You must show us the rest.

10 Dec, 2011

 

i found hyacinths [although not prepared ones]
also got
20 mixed double tulips
20 red riding hood tulips
5 narcissus

all for 50p a bag!!

10 Dec, 2011

 

That's good Sticki! Try putting the bulbs in a fridge for a while. That will help to 'prepare' them for planting inside if that's what you want to do.

10 Dec, 2011

 

ok, thank you,

10 Dec, 2011

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