Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Dirt: grape hyacinths

Nothing brightens up a dreary winter than pretty flowers. If it’s too cold for outdoor gardening where you live, bring the color inside.

Spring bulbs grow nicely indoors and one of my favorites is the Grape Hyacinth. I bought these bulbs in a pot but you can purchase just the bulbs and force them. Here’s a how-to link on forcing bulbs indoors. It takes a little pre-planning but the results are worth it.

I used an old pitcher, canister and a regular flower pot for these plants. The pitcher was a little rusty so I used a plastic bag as a liner.

Here’s where they’re living - a bright sunny spot in my dining room.

These hyacinths are still closed up but they’re slowing waking up from their winter nap.


  1. What a delightful display with your green plates and the white, green and purple of the plants and that photo!

  2. Gorgeous flowers! They blend so well with your pretty plates!

  3. Do you have to have drainage holes?? I have some great flower bowls that I got dirt cheap, but they don't have drainage holes. Do you think I could use them?

  4. Thanks everyone for the comments. The one flower pot does have a drainage hole but the pitcher and canister do not. I'm just careful not to over water them and so far they are doing fine.
    Thanks again.
    carolyn - homework

  5. Martha Stewart could learn from YOU!


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