February 9, 2011
My hyacinth is blooming! I rescued this bulb after some nighttime varmint (probably a raccoon) dug it from my garden and chomped on it. The bulb was a little spongy and moldy when I found it a few days after the attack, but I gave it a second chance at life and it has responded.
The foliage and flowers on this plant are only about 2.5 inches tall and there isn't a defined stem (yet?). The flowers grow almost directly from the base of the bulb and are protected by the leaves. I was expecting this bulb to perform like the paperwhites that I forced last year. Paperwhites send up a long budded stem and additional foliage that grow almost 10 inches high before the buds break. Hyacinth are different I guess.
As a southern gardener, I don't have much experience with bulbs. (Can you tell?) I hope to change that however. For my birthday, MomMom sent me this book about growing bulbs in warm climates and I've been inspired. I'll keep you posted on my adventures.