I don’t believe I have made a post about the Hyacinth bulbs that I rescued from a friend’s basement. She had 5 bulbs in a box that had been sitting since winter of 2010, apparently. I noticed the box almost immediately when we were down there digging out her Christmas decorations at the end of November. The box had ‘Hyacinths’ written in black marker across the side. I asked what was in it and she said, “oh, flower bulbs of some sort, they’ve been there forever”. She is NOT a gardener so I forgive her for neglecting these little bulbs. I told her I was taking them home with me in hopes that I could save them, but I wasn’t going to hold my breath. They were seriously dry, very shriveled and starting to flake apart in a bad way.
I got out my very best soil and bulb booster, planted them and watered, watered, watered. Here is the progress so far –
3 of the bulbs have come up which is 3 more than I thought would survive ! I’m going to guess that the colour will be the usual purple/blue, but I’m kind of excited to see. I have never grown Hyacinths before and I hear they smell fantastic, so I can’t wait for these to bloom. The first sight of green really surprised me and I should have taken pictures then, but didn’t think of it. My daughter has claimed ownership and it sits on her bedroom windowsill. The little gardener in her knows that she has to tend to it and make sure the soil stays moist.
Photos to come when they bloom ! Has anyone grown Hyacinths before? They wouldn’t look right in my garden, but I do like the idea of the ones you can force indoors. This might be an every year thing (not finding them in my friend’s basement, I mean buying them from a nursery, heh). My daughter is already saying she wants the pink Hyacinths.