Sunday, March 4, 2012


Remember my hyacinth bulb vases that Mr. Tide bought me for Valentine's Day?  Well I finally found some hyacinth bulbs to fill them...woohoo!

I was determined to find some bulbs, which wasn't so easy this late in the season.  The folks at the nursery where I bought them assured me that they will do just fine since they have been kept outdoors in the cold, so I snapped up a package of 4.  I will plant the extra one in the ground and we'll see who wins the race to bloom, the 3 in the vases or the one that gets to snuggle into late winter soil.

I have no clue what color they will be, but that doesn't matter to me, it's the smell I'm after.  I love the heady fragrance of hyacinths, just like lily of the valley or the scent of lilacs, that smell tells me spring has arrived.

Until they bloom, these pretty little blubs will be holding court in my kitchen on the window sill alongside mason jars and primroses.  I stretched their little roots so that each bulb could get a nice cool drink and the roots have already grown in just a few days.  So between their persistence to find a home, and mine to give them one, I think we will both be rewarded in the end!


  1. Oh you will have the loveliest late spring treat. Hugs! Bonnie

  2. The tips are just starting to green. I love the scent of hyacinths too. Haven't done any this year but love my vase for flowers so not wasted.

  3. It is amazing how all they need is to get a cool drink of water and then they grow. I forced paperwhites but have never tried anything else. I'm excited to see how they look!

    Have a great Sunday!


  4. Love these. And that sweet little vase.

  5. I'm glad you found some bulbs. I can't even imagine planting bulbs this time ofyear here. I just adore those little plant vases. xo Diana

  6. Good for you for persisting and finding some bulbs. I can't wait to see the 'after' of this story. Love your new header, by the way, with gorgeous green jar.

  7. Nice vase! Can't wait to see this bloom for you. Happy Sunday!

  8. Hi Kat, I love the pretty bulb vases and I wish you luck growing these. Can you believe I planted paper white inside before Thanksgiving and they still haven't bloomed ? Hugs, Sherry

  9. Your little bulb vases are so pretty! They will be beautiful when they bloom and smell divine...can't beat that :o)

  10. Hyacinth bulbs never disappoint! My purple girls come up consistently every year and their fragrance is unmatched. What a delight for your sill! andrea@townandprairie

  11. I have not seen anything like those before! Looking forward to seeing the bulbs progress. Love your aqua jars too of course.

  12. I have forced amaryllis like this before. You will need to change that water or it becomes kind of yuck. Mr. Tide's gift will be charming every year.

  13. First things first...
    Your header dang near knocked my socks off...beautiful!
    Second...I'm with you on the smell of hyacinths. I'm back as a girl in my mother's garden with the sun on my face...and the warm earth on my feet.
    Third...I had forgotten all about Pretty Feet! Wonder if it's still being made? That stuff is magic...just like your photo skills.

  14. I can see the little tip of green just starting to peek out. It will be exciting to see what color they will be.

  15. I love hyacinths - we keep grape hyacinths in our garden, but it's the smell of lilacs that tell me that the threat of snow is over and springtime is really here. So glad you found the bulbs to use your new bulb vases. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Hyacinth, mason jars,
    primroses.....oh my!
    Did you realize you
    were singing my song?!
    Love the pics and the idea
    of "the race!". I just bought
    a glass vase at Costco
    filled with tulip bulbs.
    It IS fun to watch them
    grow before your eyes.

    Happy Monday, Kat!

    xx Suzanne

  17. They will be all the sweeter for being late...

  18. The sweet fragrance of hyacinths is always the first fragrance of spring! I love walking into a room and their sweetness overpowers my senses! :)

    xoxo laurie

  19. Ohhh yes I can already imagine that heavenly smell from the hyacinths! So glad you found some to pair with your gorgeous bulb vases! xo ~Lili


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