12 February 2015

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 39 - Hot Pink Hyacinths

Hot Pink Hyacinths

'A Bunch for the Weekend' is a few days earlier than usual - it's Valentine's Day on Saturday and Titti Malmberg and I are posting another FLOWERS on that day.

So today on this weeks 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring some hot pink Hyacinths.

Hot Pink Hyacinths

You'll need:

- 10 stems of Hyacinths in a hot pink colour
- a very large pickling jar with high sides - this one is a vintage one from Sweden.

For conditioning the flowers - you'll also need:

- florists snippers or scissors
- a florist bucket

There are a few things that you need to do differently when it comes to Hyacinths. A few years ago you only really grew Hyacinths from bulbs - often because you didn't have the option to buy Hyacinths as cut flowers. Even if you did find some they didn't last very long.

At some point something changed and today you can easily find Hyacinths as cut flowers. What is different with them though is that they come with part of the bulb still attached. At the bottom of the stem where the whole bulbs used to be is now just a round plug. What is left of the bulb keeps feeding the flower and it stays fresh for much longer.

Apothecary Bottles

All you need to do is to tidy up any broken or loose leaves and re-cut the bottom of the round bulb end with a knife.

Just add enough water to cover the plug and remember to keep changing the water every two days.  

You also need to take into consideration that the flower stems take up a lot more space in the vase or container - so you need to use a vase with quite a wide neck.

Like I have done here - it's a vintage pickling jar that I bought some years ago in Sweden at a 'loppis' - the Swedish equivalent to flea market or car-boot sale. 

Hot Pink Hyacinths

The high sides of the jar also keeps the Hyacinths sitting straight up - preventing the heavy flower heads from bending over as they quite often do. The clear glass highlights the beautifully coloured stems and even the bulb plug becomes part of the arrangement. 

I wanted the hot pink colour of the flowers to really stand out - so I have just added more clear glass jars and bottles - all with little funny stoppers and a platter with flowers picking up the colour in the Hyacinths.

Just like with tulips - NOW starts the season to enjoy all the beautiful Hyacinths!    

Hot Pink Hyacinths

Have a Happy Floral Day and Enjoy the Rest of the Week!

~ xoxo ~


[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer]


Lisa Gordon said...

What a beautiful color, Ingrid, and I just love those bottles! xo.

Anonymous said...

You make me happy with this post!

With love,

Frances said...

Ingrid, your hot pink hyacinths surely lift the spirits of all who see them. I love the little glass vessels, with their stoppers mimicking the hyacinths' bulb plugs, sort of standing guard around the showy blooms.

I expect that my own pot of pink hyacinths will be starting to bloom by this weekend. I think their pink will be less warm than yours, but still just fine.


Elderberry-Rob said...

Thanks for sharing the advice on getting the best from these flowers, I can't have them indoors as my hubby finds the smell interferes with his allergies!!! such a shame - looking forward to your valentines post. Betty

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