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Monday, March 25, 2019


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Barbara H.

They are beautiful and how wonderful that they are hardy in your area. Though I hated to do it I cut out some extra trunks from my 'Jane' magnolia. Then I had the brilliant idea to cut the flowering tops off the pruned parts and brought them inside for a very tall bouquet. Spring has arrived down south. I hope it shows up soon for you.


Blue hyacinths are a favorite. This glimpse of spring must be especially welcome at your place while there's still snow on the ground.

Kris P

I've never grown Hyacinths, either in the ground or in pots, and looking at yours I think that's a serious oversight.


Hyacinths in bloom today here, too! Mine were also an impulse buy -- bulbs at the farmers' co-op near the end of a long, dry fall.

The intense, dark blue-purple promised by the picture on the bag seemed like the perfect touch of drama to add to the yellows and whites of early spring, even if my inner cynic was skeptical that the actual blooms, if any, would be quite that vivid.

Whoa, they are! And after four winters in the ground, the bulbs have actually increased from six to eight. The variety is 'Peter Stuyvesant', which I'm now determined to get more of to make a mini "spring walk" along a maintenance path through the big border, underplanting with Tulipa tarda. I've been looking for a reason to get some T.t. for years, and last week got my first on-screen look at it, in bloom outside the library in town. (In this colder garden, it would probably open about now).

While looking through hyacinth offerings to find more 'PS', I'll keep an eye out for 'Atlantic' for forcing. That's a beautiful color, that would appeal at any time of year; at the tail of a long, grim winter it more or less reaches out and grabs grocery shoppers by the hand. Enjoy for years to come!


Aaargh aggressive auto-correct!
"on-screen" --> "in-person"


I've historically had good luck with planting out purchased potted blooming hyacinths - they have consistently survived and bloomed in following years. I like hyacinths better after the first year as the little bells tend to be spaced farther apart for a more open feel, while retaining the intense scent and color. I have never been able to get them to bloom a second year in the pot, however. They seem to need to move to the ground to rebloom and increase.


Loree / danger garden

Beautiful! I can almost smell them...

Linda Brazill

Definitely feeling much more spring like and snowdrops starting to appear in four locations!

Linda Brazill

I think the snow should be gone by the end of the week just in time for a day of light snow in the forecast!

Linda Brazill

Given they are bulbs that need a cold period, you will probably run into the same problems you have with Tulips.

Linda Brazill

Having grown up in NYState, Peter Stuyvesant is a familiar name. In fact, there was a very sophisticated restaurant/night club in downtown Buffalo in an historic old hotel. I dreamed of going there when I was old enough, but it was gone by then. I am going to go see what Pete looks like as a Hyacinth!

Linda Brazill

I like the idea of the flowers being more spread apart. There are hyacinth varieties called 'Roman' that are more open like that but not hardy here.

Linda Brazill

They are on the verge of giving me a headache with that strong fragrance!


@Kris: If it's any comfort, the aftermath of bloom from big chubby Dutch hyacinths is truly hideous, and goes on for weeks. During April I set some pots of Pelargoniums in front of their spot to distract the eye (and re-acclimate the geraniums to outdoors, bringing them in at night).

Linda Brazill

Ah yes, those leaves that can't be touched and go on forever!

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