February 9, 2011

Hyancith

Hyacith
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.

Hyacinth
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.

6 comments:

  1. I can't wait till these start coming up in our flower beds!

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  2. Great save! I don't do much with bulbs either except for a couple of spider lilies in the back...I'd like to venture out a bit...looking forward to your future posts about them.

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  3. Looks beautiful in the glass, too. That was a great save.
    Also, on my latest posting I have awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award. :)

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  4. Thanks Amy! I've been so swamped lately, but I'll to get on my royal duties as soon as I have a chance.

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