It seems far too early for most of us to be thinking about the festive season, but with a little advance planning and preparation we can get flowering gifts ready now – potentially saving us time and money in the busy run up to Christmas! Potted bulbs for Christmas/winter flowering bring a touch of colour indoors and when flowering is over, hardy bulbs may be planted in the garden to enjoy for years to come. Potted indoor bulbs make great presents – for relatives, neighbours, friends and even class teachers – what’s more, children will love to help you prepare them too!
Prepared hyacinths (size: 16/17 – available in the shop for just 60p each or 5 for £2.80) are a winter classic with their cheery colours and heady fragrance. These bulbs have been specially prepared for ‘forcing’ (flowering early), hence they’re not as cheap as the ordinary hyacinths for bedding out in the garden. Remember to use gloves when handling hyacinth bulbs as they can irritate the skin. Always put the same colour in one pot as different varieties have slightly different flowering times. Hyacinths can also be placed in single bulb vases (or other glass containers) for a simple but very effective display which lets you watch the white roots grow – great for kids!
Bulbs, bulb fibre for planting, moss for decorating the tops of the pots and a variety of decorative &/or Christmas ribbon are all available in the shop. We also sell amaryllis kits so you can give the gift of growing to someone else. Of course, if you don’t get round to planting your own pots of indoor bulbs we always have a selection to buy ready-potted and ready to give!
Pure and perfumed – “PAPERWHITES” TOPSIZE bulbs are available in the shop – 45p each, 5 for £2
All sorts of bulbs can be forced for early flowers indoors – crocus, narcissus, anemone, tulips, muscari etc. Read Sarah Raven’s article below for ideas.