Saturday, February 21, 2009

They're here


All but one of the five Hyacinth bulbs I potted earlier this month is in bloom. The fifth is just shy and coming along slowly. As promised I'm posting a few shots of what they look like.They've already been filling the house with their sweet aroma. The little guy planted three in single cups, and they're just now starting to emerge.

Each plant is sending up a second stalk, although I don't believe you can see that in these photos. A quick Internet search shows these are likely Multiflora Hyacinths, which produce a number of stalks with a loose, less formal arrangement of flowers. These flowers normally bloom between March and April, but forcing is a way of bringing a little spring inside early. Another tidbit: March 7th is the World Hyacinth Day.

I placed the pot in our dining room, with the red wall as a backdrop so you could better see the flower color. The creamy white and pale pink bell-shaped flowers look a bit washed out in the sunlight, but they're cheerful just the same.

12 comments:

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

They look so pretty. I just love the scent of hyacinths!

Gardeness said...

Catherine: It doesn't take much to fill the house, does it? Have fun tomorrow at the show!

Kathleen said...

ooh, I love that last photo of the hyacinths against the red wall (and taken at an angle). It's gorgeous. I love forcing hyacinths too. Nothing says spring quite like a few of them blooming indoors!

Kylee said...

I can just imagine the scent that must be wafting through your house! It's one of my favorite of all in the garden.

DirtDigger (Tessa) said...

Just beautiful! I especially like the last one- you have a good eye!

tina said...

Love those red walls and the hyacinths too. They look great! I can imagine the smell.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Oh, they are so pretty. It is nice to have flowers in bloom.They do look beautiful against the wall.
Lona

Gardeness said...

Kathleen, Lona and Tina: This was the first room we painted when we bought our house. I've yet to tire of the red, and it makes such a lovely backdrop for everything else.

Kylee: I love how it's not overpowering. I catch whiffs of it and it just makes me smile.

Tessa: Thanks for the compliment but it's all luck on my part! Besides, what doesn't look good with red, right?

notsocrafty.com said...

I tried to force Hyacinths last year without any luck, these are fantastic.

Gardeness said...

Notsocrafty: give it another go. You can't be without that heady scent!

EB said...

Oh they are lovely. I must remember that I *do* like the pink ones too!

Bonnie said...

Thank you for visiting my site today, I love your hyacinths, they are exquisite.
Bonnie