Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Hyacinths on the Windowsill

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!


Pondside said...

Every February I wish I'd forced hyacinths. Could you let me know, next year, when it's time to do it? Please?!

Martha said...

I will -- but you either have to chill them yourself or buy prechilled ones -- unlike paperwhites, you just can't bring them home and they'll bloom!

SmilingSally said...

I love those blue blooms! I can almost smell them all the way over here in Tampa.

Happy Blue Monday, Martha.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I honestly have necer seen vases like that before?! too cool....oh I can smell them now, lucky you!

Carol said...

Love your vases!! I used to have a few from Scotland that I loved. However they met an untimely death during a move. I was heart broken.

Lesley said...

What a lovely, useful, thing to collect.
I personally am most fond of the blue hyacinths.

Keetha Broyles said...

I've never heard of nor seen a hyacinth forcing vase - - - fascinating and beautiful.

And by ALL MEANS, if you have a collection of the vases let's FOR SURE have the hyacinths!!!!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

They are wonderful, and those years I've done this, I've been so happy I did! The fragrance is delightful and means SPRING!

56steps said...

I love going to yardsales and now have something new to look for.
How pretty they all are in your window.


Carol said...

Gorgeous picture! The scent must be heavenly!

Donnie said...

I don't think I have ever seen those type of vases. Just beautiful.

La Table De Nana said...

Absolutely gorgeous.Left to right..right to left~ The light..form..etc..Wish I could smell:)

On Crooked Creek said...

I can smell those flowers right through the internet! HA! They are certainly fragant! Thank you for sharing your forcing vases. Darling! I enjoyed your visit!


It's me again! I love you hyacinths in the window sil! I love it.

Ann said...

These are truly beautiful. A touch of spring right on your window sill. Lovely.

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

impressive blues.