They’ve taken their time, and there have been moments when I thought that perhaps I’d killed them, but at long last my Hyacinths (Woodstock) have burst into bloom. I moved the box this morning in order to block one of Sybil’s routes around the garden as she was crushing the new shoots of various plants around the base of R. Veilchenblau.

I’ve never grown Hyacinths outside and I didn’t really know what to do with them, or even where to put them. I thought they might look odd in what I knew would be quite sparse-looking beds, but stranger still in ones and twos in little flower pots – though I think I was wrong about that. So in late November, I think, in slight desperation, I turfed some mint out of this old wine box and shoved the bulbs in. Then I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. This is something to repeat next year, but with more wine boxes.

Elsewhere in the garden other containers are doing their spring thing. I can’t remember for certain what these are, Narcissus Bridal Crown maybe, I need to trawl through receipts and orders to check. It smells delicious and I’d like more for next year.

Out on the street everything seems to be blooming. Spring has sprung and someone has pulled a lever and switched all the Forsythia and Magnolias on. They look quite spectacular – a grudging admission in relation to Forsythia, which is a plant I could happily live without seeing ever again. The Magnolias on the other hand I adore.

I often wonder whether a Magnolia would be happy in the basement area that passes for our front garden. At the moment it looks like a junk yard: a heap of old bikes and a tragic-looking rabbit hutch (vast black and white rabbit long gone). But I have plans.

10 thoughts on “spring

  1. It is all looking lovely. I always put my deceased potted Hyacinths in the earth as soon as the leaves have died off, they usually come up again, so cheery.

  2. Love the shade of your hyacinths, like port. And what beautiful narcissi – my teeny tete a tete have been rubbish this year – rotted in the pots I think, just like the crocus.

    I’m toying with a magnolia for out front garden too, to replace the grim corpse of a laburum that died the winter before last (heaven knows why its taken me so long to get rid of). Its either that or a cherry I think – can’t decide.

  3. Your hyacinths look wonderful in that box – I love bulbs in containers they are so much easier to see, and you can smell the hyacinths when you are working around them, lovely.

  4. Your hyacinths look stunning in that wine box,my hyacinths have been half eaten by something this year so it’s nice to enjoy yours instead! Those daffodils look lovely too, I love the ones with wonderful scents.

  5. I’m hoping last year’s hyacinths have a revival now that I’ve turfed them out. Only leaves so far.

    Tell me, did you make drainage holes in the bottom of your tin bath before you planted things in it? I’ve not done anything with mine yet, as I couldn’t make up my mind what to do.

    • Yes, we bashed away with a sharp spike and a hammer. I think I probably should have made more, as I noticed that when it rained there was a bit of pooling, which I had to help a bit by poking at it with a stick! It seemed awful to make the holes, though, but essential, I think, if you want to use an old bath tub as a planter.

  6. The appearance of magnolia around the streets is lovely and gives me a bitter-sweet sense of nostalgia as I remember the huge and beautiful tree we had in our Oxfordshire garden which we could sit out under for so much of the year. Its canopy protected us from the sun and even from rain showers! I agree about forsythia too and have been responsible for the uprooting of several, which always feels slightly wicked.

  7. Spring has sprung and I especially like the hyacinths in the wine box. I share Moira’s role with forsythia apart from the one that grows here out of a high wall which I can’t get at. But it looks rather good because the stems and flowers flow down from a great height avoiding the brittle, intrusive outline of most forsythias.

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