I have now received my deJager and Bloms bulb orders and I have one conclusion - I bought too many hyacinth bulbs! I guess I usually do and then I panic where I'm going to "plant" them. I'm sure a few more pots with bulb fibre will be required before the first step (bulbs on water or compost into the dark for 12 weeks) of this bulb forcing is completed. NB it's generally recommended to use "prepared" hyacinth bulbs for forcing but I am using unprepared bulbs as well as prepared, some varieties for the first time but I will report back here my results.
my latest bulb forcing ebay purchase, a Davidson bulb bowl (thanks to reader Diana who brought this to my attention)
I put Carribean Dream bulbs in this bulb bowl. The holes are reasonably large but I've had lots of large hyacinth bulbs this year to choose from so not a problem.
I also bought this unusual item on ebay, foreground, Broste vases in the background (with Fresco hyacinth bulbs). Not sure it's a bulb vase but I'm giving it a try with a large Silverstone hyacinth bulb.
deJager Delft Blue hyacinth bulbs in these vases
nice and large Bloms Fresco hyacinth bulbs (unprepared)
some hyacinth vases with those Fresco hyacinth bulbs
Bloms Delft Blue hyacinth bulbs
hyacinth vases with Bloms Delft Blue (following 2 pics)
vases with Bloms Purple Sensation, bulb bowl I am trying out with Blue Jacket but all 5 don't fit so will leave it at 4 bulbs and the hole in the middle empty
the Bloms Silverstone hyacinth bulbs are huge, they are not "prepared" but I am going to try forcing them in vases anyway
I'm not using this red amaryllis vase this year with an amaryllis but these Silverstone bulbs are so large thought I'd try one of those and also for these Prattware vases which require very large bulbs and using for the following vases as well
Bloms Carribean Dream hyacinth bulbs
nice large deJager Lady Derby hyacinth bulbs in my smaller SylvaC pot with the frogs
Delft blue and white pots and Yuan design improvised pot with deJager Delft Blue hyacinth bulbs
Monday, my Peter Nyssen order came: prepared Delft Blue, prepared Miss Saigon and trying for the first time (unprepared) Purple Star, City of Bradford and Blue Eyes
These vases all have Delft Blue.
top shelf Delft Blue, table in foreground City of Bradford
City of Bradford
a few more bulbs started, Hornsea bulb pots, a small "unofficial" hyacinth vase
classical style tobacco jars I am repurposing as bulb pots, they're beautiful quality and no one needs a tobacco jar anymore (or not many anyway)
Yesterday, I wanted to finish starting the bulbs I had before my mail ordered bulbs arrived this week.
I still have 10 prepared Delft Blue hyacinth bulbs from the garden centre
these Byzanta Ware vases can cope with small bulbs
The clear "X" vase can handle a small bulb as can the bulb bowl, the squat cobalt blue has a garden centre bulb. I think maybe all the bulb bowls should have those small bulbs. They fit so much better than the large bulbs I've used before.
all these have the Sainsburys small hyacinth bulbs, the rose bowl and jam jar have pebbles for the bulbs to sit on
NB don't forget to wear gloves to handle the hyacinth bulbs if you're sensitive to them.