Welcome to my blog about bulb forcing

bulb bowls hyacinth cat

The bulb forcing year starts in August/September buying bulbs. Then the bulbs quietly grow roots in the dark until the beginning of December when they are brought into the light and warmth and can begin blooming from Christmas day onwards when it is magic to have flowers and scent indoors in the middle of winter.

I force about 200 hyacinth bulbs each year. I try different hyacinth varieties from different bulb companies and compare how they perform. I'm always trying to formulate the best ways to force hyacinths and this is the documentation of my results. I also have a site devoted to hyacinth vases (www.hyacinthvases.org.uk).                       (please note that all text and images are copyright)

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This year has been more challenging than usual with a new kitten, Rocky. Not easily having as many vases on display.

rocky kitten with hyacinth vases

final hyacinths of the forcing season

The final hyacinths of the forcing season. I'm not sure if those two on the right are going to make it but then I wasn't sure the two in the amethyst and green vases on the left would a week or so ago but they've grown well.

forced hyacinths in hyacinth vases

two Delft Blue hyacinths

delft blue forced hyacinth

delft blue forced hyacinth

these were the hyacinths a few days before the photos above, 2 City of Bradford on the left, Delft Blue on the right

forced hyacinths in hyacinth vases

hyacinths end of January

update a few days later, looking even better and fuller

city of bradford hyacinth

blue jacket hyacinths

a few days before the photos above, City of Bradford, a bit variable, but when they flower well, wonderful blooms with fabulous scent rivalling Delft Blue. City of Bradford on the right, 1 Delft Blue on the left.

hyacinth vases

hyacinth vases

Blue Jacket hyacinths

hyacinths vintage vases

these were the hyacinths a couple weeks ago

hyacinths in hyacinth vases

last hyacinths out of the cellar, not sure they're all going to bloom but it's so late now, I decided it's time to bring them out

hyacinth vases

exquisite hyacinths

I'm so lucky to have some exquisite hyacinths on my mantelpiece

forced hyacinths in hyacinth vases

hyacinths and crocus

first crocus in bloom, the vase is tiny but room enough for the crocus' roots

forced crocus in vases

forced crocus in vase

hyacinths yesterday - they seem to be at their peak - glorious fat flowers and an exquisite scent - just what one expects from Delft Blue hyacinths

forced hyacinths in vases

Sadly this hyacinth is completely bent over, as some do every year, but I have no idea how to correct it or if it is preventable

bent hyacinth in vase

happy new year

dark January day with Delft Blue hyacinths in bloom with their intoxicating scent filling my living room

delft blue hyacinths in hyacinth vases

hyacinths in bloom and bud, few days after Christmas

hyacinths in bloom and bud, few days after Christmas

hyacinth vases

hyacinth vases

hyacinth vases

hyacinth vase

more amaryllis blooms

the La Paz amaryllis

la paz amaryllis

la amaryllis

forced hyacinths in vases

The Woodstock hyacinths did not do very well this year. They hardly grew out of the leaves. They do bloom early and they are a nice colour but I'm not sure they're worth it if there are not any reasonable flowers produced.

forced woodstock hyacinths

blooming hyacinths in vases and bowls - December 2020

blooming hyacinths a few days before Christmas

forced hyacinths for Christmas

forced hyacinths in vases for Christmas

forced hyacinths for Christmas

hyacinths in Davidson bulb bowl

forced hyacinths in vases

forced hyacinths in bulb bowl

forced hyacinths in bulb bowl

first hyacinths in bloom December 2020

The weather has been so warm this year, the hyacinths are very early. I usually worry if I'll have any hyacinths in bloom for Christmas because they haven't started blooming, instead this year I worry if they've bloomed too early.

Davidson bulb bowl hyacinths in bloom

the sky-high amaryllis on the right on the windowsill, some bulb bowls in bloom, the Wedgwood hedgehog with some fat crocus which will be in bloom soon

hyacinth amaryllis vases

closer view of the Wedgwood hedgehog with fat crocus shoots

Wedgwood hedgehog

hyacinth vases in bloom

hyacinths vases in bloom

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