starting all the hyacinth bulbs

the bulb bowls are not very forgiving of bulb defects - the bulbs are all on display whereas imperfections are not so visible if the bulb is in the cup of a hyacinth vase

bulb bowls with hyacinth bulbs

bulb bowl with hyacinth bulbs

bulb bowl with hyacinth bulbs

only this bulb bowl is large enough to hold 5 bulbs, the others are too small and the bulbs are too big

bulb bowl with hyacinth bulbs

bulb bowl with hyacinth bulbs

I received the remaining bulb orders a couple days ago so was able to spend yesterday (after it stopped raining) putting them in vases, filling the vases with water (to just below the bulb) and putting them in the cellar.  

hyacinth vases and bulbs

one of my special animal friends came in the back door to see what I was doing

after choosing which hyacinth variety to go in each vase:

hyacinth vases and bulbs

the new bulbs are looking, at least superficially, better than the ones I received last week, Sky Jacket:

sky jacket hyacinth bulbs

prepared Delft Blue

Delft Blue hyacinth bulbs

comparison of 2 different supplier's Delft Blue hyacinth bulbs

Delft Blue hyacinth bulbs

Splendid Cornelia hyacinth bulbs (unprepared) which I am going to use exactly as I use the prepared bulbs, ie into the cellar for 12-15 weeks, I've done that before and had reasonable results

Splendid Cornelia hyacinth bulbs

Miss Saigon hyacinth bulbs:

Miss Saigon hyacinth bulbs

hyacinth bulbs

Anne Marie hyacinth bulbs:

Anne Marie hyacinth bulbs