Collecting hyacinth forcing vases is a hobby of mine. You don't see them often and when I do and they're at a price that is reasonable they come home to Linderhof! I'm not "picky" about color for I've pink ones, green ones (a lucky find -- a pair -- rare indeed!), a blue one and a clear one.
I love the light shining through the vases on the kitchen windowsill as I wait for the bulbs to grow and bloom. Once bloomed, they're often moved to different parts of the house.
And the smell . . . it is heady.! I'm not sure there is anything as fragrant as a hyacinth. And their bloom reminds me that soon Spring will be on its way and the bulbs outside will soon be blooming filling vases at Linderhof once more with garden flowers.
Although the vases at Linderhof are many colors I prefer one color of hyacinth. Some years it's blue and others years white. Pink hyacinths are a rarity at Linderhof.
The hyacinths follow the paperwhites as a prelude to Spring. I love blooming flowers indoors and cannot imagine a January without paperwhites and a February without hyacinths!
This is a blue year and I'm joining Smiling Sally for Blue Monday!