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mid-January 2020

We're coming to the end of the forced hyacinths but a few are still in bloom and a few more to come but only a few. One of the final hyacinths with two stems, some large Dutch crocus in bloom and a few muscari.

forced hyacinth and crocus

a closer view of that hyacinth and crocus

hyacinth and crocus

These were the last group on the mantel.

forced hyacinths in hyacinth vases

this new hyacinth has two stems

hyacinth in hyacinth vase

Not sure those vases on the right will bloom but I'll give them a week or so.

hyacinth vases with forced hyacinths

first week in January

more crocus blooms every day in the Wedgwood hedgehog

Wedgwood hedgehog with crocus bulbs

onto the next phase of hyacinth blooms

forced hyacinth bulbs blooming in hyacinth vases

an amazing Sky Jacket hyacinth which has now filled out (after initially being quite small and sparse) next to one that hasn't done nearly as well; other hyacinths still in bud

hyacinth bulbs blooming in hyacinth vases

two other smaller Sky Jacket hyacinths, Woodstock hyacinth behind

sky jacket hyacinths

the last bulb bowl in the cellar

hyacinth bulb bowl

I turned the bulbs over to see their root development - there was none, no wonder there's so little stem growth

hyacinth bulb bowl

This is the lid to the bulb bowl, it sits on top of the bowl rather than in the bowl on a ledge like the others, so I'm wondering if the bulbs being that much further from the water prevented root growth, otherwise why no roots on any of the bulbs? Bulbs do grow unevenly but none in this bowl have rooted so it must be something about the bowl.

hyacinth bulb bowl lid

I've put those bulbs in a different, more conventional, bulb bowl and after a couple days, there are roots starting, whether they have time to bloom, I'm not sure but at least they have a better chance.

bulb bowl with hyacinth bulbs

a couple weeks later, the bulbs in the bowl above are growing well (see below), the other hyacinths below are late out of the cellar and not sure they are going to bloom this year

forced hyacinths

Wedgwood hedgehog with crocus bulbs

more crocus in bloom everyday in the Wedgwood hedgehog

Wedgwood hedgehog with crocus bulbs

New Year's Day

the next hyacinths with fat buds

forced hyacinths

more crocus bulbs starting to bloom in the Wedgwood hedgehog

Wedgwood hedgehog with crocus bulbs in bloom

New Year's Eve Hyacinths

It is the peak time for the forced hyacinths.

forced hyacinth in terracotta vase

the next wave of Deflt Blue hyacinths is replacing those on the mantel

forced hyacinths in hyacinth vases

forced hyacinths

forced hyacinths

Pink Pearl hyacinths

forced Pink Pearl hyacinths

I forgot to post this photo of the Jan Bos hyacinths from 10 days ago, one of the earliest hyacinth varieties to bloom.

Jan Bos hyacinths

Delft Blue hyacinths in the middle, Pacific Ocean hyacinths on the left

forced hyacinths

the first crocus in bloom in the Wedgwood hedgehog

Wedgwood hedgehog with crocus in bloom

Woodstock hyacinths just starting to bloom, obviously a later variety, only 2 in bloom so far

Woodstock hyacinths

Sadly, some of the problem bulbs.

bent hyacinths that never straightened up, I still don't know why this happens

bent forced hyacinths

Some of the other Delft Blue hyacinths that didn't bloom well properly. There's always a proportion of the bulbs that don't perform well.

Although the Sky Jacket hyacinths looked interesting in bud, they have not bloomed well and the bulbs have shrunk and are falling through into the water. And one of them is bent over.

Sky Jacket hyacinths

Sky Jacket hyacinths

Boxing Day hyacinths

some huge fat gorgeous hyacinths, the bulb bowl hyacinths are so variable, some bloomed some did not so I replanted those in soil

forced hyacinths in bulb bowls

forced hyacinths in bulb bowls

forced hyacinths in bulb bowls

that hyacinth in the middle had a flower that was finished so I cut that stem to allow the small second flowering stem to bloom

forced hyacinths in hyacinth vases

forced hyacinths in hyacinth vases

I don't know why sometimes the hyacinths are bent over, some straighten up, some do not

forced hyacinths in hyacinth vases bent

forced hyacinths in antique hyacinth vases

as soon as I take out the spreadsheet to note dates of blooming and how the hyacinths are looking, my cat Victor wants to sit on it but I rescued it before he sat down but not before he walked on it with muddy paws

Hyacinths in bloom Christmas Eve

hyacinths in bloom on Christmas Eve

forced hyacinths in bloom in hyacinth vases

These hyacinths, with the bulge (the buds moving from the bulb up the stem) in the stem, are ready to come out of the dark. The cause of many failed hyacinths is taking them out of the dark too early and then the hyacinths do not bloom properly.

hyacinths are often bent over like this and most will straighten up as they grow

crocus bulbs growing in the Wedgwood hedgehog

hyacinths growing on pebbles in a bowl

Merry Christmas!

hyacinths in bloom a few days before Christmas

more hyacinths in bloom in some of my favourite vases: tall late Georgian or early Victorian hand-blown, the cobalt blue is my favourite colour; I have a lot of fat buds so will definitely have flowers for Christmas day

forced hyacinths in antique vases

a couple days later those two very tall hyacinth flowers

forced delft blue hyacinths in antique hyacinth vases

a number of the other hyacinth flowers, still developing

forced delft blue hyacinths in hyacinth vases

forced hyacinths in hyacinth vases

the hyacinth on the right is from Sainsbury's which came in a mixed pack of unnamed varieties, looks like Splendid Cornelia

forced hyacinths in bloom

first hyacinths in bloom - mid-December 2019

These are today's hyacinths, 16-12-2019.

forced hyacinths in bloom

Wedgwood hedgehog with crocus bulbs. The crocus are getting nice and fat and I hope there will be some nice flowers soon.

Wedgwood hedgehog with crocus bulbs

I don't like appearing in photos but this is just about acceptable, hidden by hyacinths on the mantelpiece in my living room. Those Jan Bos are obviously the earliest bloomers this year.

forced hyacinths in hyacinth vases

first hyacinths in bloom, 14-12-2019, Jan Bos

Jan Bos hyacinths in bloom

Pacific Ocean, a variety of hyacinth I have not used before but trying it this year for the first time. It looks a little small so far. First photo above shows this in bloom a couple days later.

pacific ocean hyacinth

another small sparse hyacinth, this one from Sainsbury's, in a small vintage glass jug, also more in bloom in first photo above

forced hyacinth

I got the printout of the spreadsheet I use to keep track of the hyacinths to update but Victor promptly decided to sit on it - so that wasn't going to be possible!

Bulb Bowls

Bulb bowls have their pros and cons. The first bulb bowl I took out of the dark end of November looked pretty good with all the bulbs at a similar stage of development (see below). These bulb bowls have hyacinths that vary quite a lot. Some of the hyacinths really need to come out of the dark, some could do with longer in the dark. Difficult if they're in the same bulb bowl. A lot of the roots were growing outwards rather that through the hole into the water. I tried to push some back in but they just broke so only did that with one bowl.

hyacinth bulb bowl

That one bulb in the green Davidson bulb bowl that is not growing is soft and rotten so I disposed of that and examined the other two bulbs from that bowl and see that the roots are rotting, soft and transparent. Usually hyacinth roots are white and brittle. I removed the soft rotting roots and there are still some white brittle roots left so thought they'd be worth planting in compost.

forced hyacinth with rotting roots

checking the bulbs that aren't very well developed in the other bowls reveals they don't have roots

hyacinth bulb bowls

this pot had 3 bulbs but one not growing so removed it - it's soft and oozing

I decided to just leave the roots however they were after the failed attempt to push them into the water. Below they are growing into one of the small ventilation holes, sure the hyacinth will bloom just fine with the roots as they are.

hyacinth bulb bowl

I have never seen hyacinth roots like this with brown on the tips of the roots. Intriguing as I've been forcing hyacinths for years and thought I'd seen it all.

hyacinth roots with brown tips


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