Juanita, I think. Spring, 2012.
2012 Hyacinths, forced
I made a tentative list. I'm forcing bulbs that will all be planted outside after they bloom. I know the experts say forced bulbs are spent and to toss them. They can be reclaimed with care to let the foliage mature. I'll be planting all bulbs in potting soil rather than forcing in water.
Violas and white Muscari, February 2012
What really prompted this post was a post on Dirt du Jour She shared there's to be a wedding in her backyard in late January and what will be blooming? It prompted me to think of what a glorious show forced Hyacinths and potted Violas would make under an early blooming deciduous Magnolia.
One hyacinth makes a statement; 7 bulbs make a big show.
These were chilled in a dedicated refrigerator before potting.
Read on to the bottom of the page to see them in bloom.
This was my favorite Amaryllis last year.
I read someone's blog who said she bought one Amaryllis every year before Christmas. I usually buy three. They make super gifts. If the bloom hasn't opened the recipient gets to watch it unfurl, which is the best part.
It's hard to choose a cultivar: Appleblossom has a fragrance; red is so stunning. One year I had some Amaryllis that were a deep apricot, you'd swoon at their beauty. They need to be planted in good soil. Forcing in water one year was a bust.
Some of my paperwhites last year were 3 feet tall. I placed some in tall glass cylinders to help hold them upright, but they just bent over the sides. The ones above stayed upright with the help of some raffia. This year I'm going to try forcing some minature tazettas that I've heard will force easily.
Blue Jacket, 2012.
Bulbs will start shoing up in garden centers in about month. A little budget, a little list and I'm ready to go ahead and order off so I won't be tempted to buy on impulse instead of a plan.
If you live in a section of the country where voles are not a problem and winters get truly cold, by all means include tulips in your bulb plans. My forced tulips last Spring were mostly a bust.