(def) An upright flowery blob with bell shaped petal type thingees. Ability to stink up a whole room in a single mound. Lovely.
Spring smells like 2 things to me. Hyacinths and water logged worms. So far this year I’ve only smelled the Hyacinths because there isn’t a worm to be found. As usual, Spring isn’t actually coming to Ontario this year. We’re gonna hang onto some weird seasonal morph of winter, spring and fall until August, at which point the weather Gods will finally hear our prayers and bestow us with 2 weeks so hot and humid our innards will liquify and spill out of every pore in our body.
We Ontarians don’t smell very good in August. Plus our hair if fuzzy.
This little lady, however does. The Hyacinth shows up every “Spring” in grocery stores and garden centres across Canada. Of course the easiest thing to do with it is leave it as is. If you’re especially ambitious and have the time you might stick this plastic pot into another more attractive plastic pot. Or even a ceramic one.
And that’s perfectly acceptable.
Or you could throw caution to the wind and try something completely different. Because you are a rebel. You are a risk taker who thinks nothing of going against the grain. Of whipping out your gardening gloves and tossing them aside. You are a hands in the dirt, lemme at it, take no prisoners kind of hyacinth arranger. You. Have gumption.
All those with gumption, please proceed with the rest of this post. Those without, you can end your reading right here, go back to your plastic pots wrapped in foil and I’ll see you for tomorrow’s post.
Remove the foil. And then the pot.
Stick the plant in a (gasp) see through vase.
Either a short one …
Or a tall one …
Or a bulbous shaped one. Perfect for bulbs obviously. And those with gumption.
When you’re using a clear vase you have to be really careful about watering. Just a tiny bit of water since there’s no drainage holes to get rid of the excess. Plus a lot of murky, gross water at the bottom of the vase is icky to look at.
Looking at dirt not your thing? Not a problem. Rinse the dirt off. This will leave you with plain old bulbs and roots which are pretty, pretty.
If you do this be really careful. The roots snap off like the split ends on a bad bleach job.
You can now drop your Hyacinths and bulbs into a bulb vase. A bulb vase is basically any vase that’s shaped like these vases below. The bulb gets trapped in the neck of the vase. You don’t want the base of the bulb sitting in water. You only want the water to barely touch the base of the bulb. To kiss it. Not a deep, french, sexy type kiss. Just a peck.
Don’t have any bulb vases? Again, not a problem. Stick them in any vase you can find where the bulb can either sit on top of, or wedge into the top of the vase. Make sure the flower isn’t too tippy. ’Cause it’ll tip over. Hence my use of the term tippy.
Roots creep you out? Add a few rocks to the bottom of a vase and set the bulb on top, hiding some of the roots among the rocks.
White rocks are my preference for this method. Again … go easy on the water. Just barely enough to touch the bottom of the bulb.
Have a birds nest handy? Stick a small bowl into the nest, add a tiny bit of water then stick your Hyacinths into the bowl. If you can still see the bowl, camouflage it with some moss or twigs.
If you get the urge to use your Hyacinths as cut flowers, leave them on the bulb. They’re actually sold this way and are referred to as “on the bulb”. Cut away the lower 2/3rds of the bulb. I didn’t cut away that much on mine. Because I am a Forest Gumption filled rebel. Whose bangs happen to be driving her nuts today. (tried to part my hair on the other side … WOW, who knew it’d ruin my whole day?)
See? How lovely is that? Just stuck on a slice of wood.
Of course they’ll die in a few hours but still … lovely.
Oh! You want them to actually live more than a few hours. O.K. Well, in that case put them in a small tray. This is some sort of candle tray I had stashed away somewhere. Just fill it with a small amount of water and place the hyacinths in it. You have to be careful about checking the water daily because it’s such a small amount it’ll evaporate/get sucked up pretty quickly. No. It does not have to be a rectangular plate. Round, oval, square even shamrock shaped will do. Anything that’ll hold a bit of water.
To take it to the next level, add a few mounds of moss to the dish.
Now. Fly. Be free. Go forth and try something different with your Hyacinths. ’Cause it’s way easier than trying something different with your hair.