Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fast action

Around 11 o'clock last night, I set up a few "Gypsy Queen" hyacinth bulbs on their forcing vases.



And just eight hours later, at 7 o'clock this morning, they were already unravelling their roots and reaching down towards the water. This was fast action! Look, the trapped air bubbles in the water are still clinging to the side of the vase.

The "Gypsy Queen" bulbs have been cooling their heels in my refrigerator since late September and after fifteen weeks of dormancy, they seem raring to go! Don't we all want to break free of the winter cold?

2 comments:

Northern Shade said...

It's very satisfying to see such a quick response, once the chilling period is done. I enjoy watching the progress of forced bulbs. Indoors you can watch them frequently and up close. You notice the tiny changes, and eventually a miraculous transformation into beautiful flowers.

Doctor Mom said...

So true! I should have mentioned the wonderful scent, too!