January 30, 2011

Bringing Spring In



You know I am a seasonal flowers kind of girl. I like food in season too.

It does mean, however,  that by January I am getting pretty desperate for some fresh flower loveliness in my garden and home, so it is with real pleasure that I watch my indoor forced bulbs begin to grow, twist and bud into being. These beauties are in a zinc tub filled to the brim with narcissi 'tete a tete'. They lean wonkily to face the big window in our sitting room, and if I turn them around in the evening by mid-morning the following day they have turned again, straightening themselves out! They are the hope of spring in a bucket!




I have also potted up some white hyacinths, the buds are looking so plumply, almost squeakily, ready to burst into flower,





When Spring is hiding in the garden, you just have to tempt it inside!



**Thanks to my friend, Jane, at SmallbutCharming, for getting a pile of us to share pics of our indoor flowers and brighten up the last day of January!**
**Also linking to A Place for Tea on her 'Flower Friday' **

24 comments:

  1. Lovely, Belinda! And soon you'll be treated to the glorious perfume of your hyacinths!

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  2. My kitchen is resplendent with tete a tetes in a titchy zinc bucket too.....great minds.
    Julie x

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  3. Love these springy posts from the Northern Hemisphere.. Gorgeous. And I so love white hyacinths. love from Semi Expat xx

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  4. Love the fact that the buds are looking "plumply"! x

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  5. Desiree, I know I know, I can't wait!!

    Julie, what can I say, takes one to know one!!

    Sarah, so pleased you can join in our countdown to Spring - can we see some Down-Under floral eye-candy from you pretty please?

    Jan, not a real word, is it (??), but I thought, hang the dictionary, it describes the look and plumpishly sounds daft too!! Hee hee. Love words even if i do treat them dreadfully!

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  6. Lovely pictures, especially the white hyacinth. I like the " snowflakes " falling over the first signs of spring ( inside ).
    Btw., we buy/have hyacinths mainly at Christmas time. How about in Britain?

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  7. Belinda, fab flowers. It really was a great reason to get some stems in the house. It should be a weekly thing!!! Sinead x

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  8. I linked to your post.Sinead x

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  9. Next year, I really must remember to get my bulbs a-growing earlier. I've not had much success with indoor blubs....mainly because I tend to forget about them when they're in their 'dark' phase under the kitchen sink!

    Sarahx

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  10. Perfect and what a beautiful house that holds them.

    Tetes a tetes are my favorites.

    xo Jane

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  11. I think 'plumply' is a proper word! Too many uses for it in my life, alas.

    So nice to see Spring arriving, even if we have to twist its arm a little to do so.....

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  12. your hyacinths absolutely look like they would squeak if rubbed the right way. how lovely when they bloom, your whole house must smell wonderful!

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  13. I love your indoor garden...I canot have one at the moment as my kitten Pepper is trying to dig in all my plants and has been tasting a few which could be toxic!

    I feel Daffodils are a harbinger of things to come...and the heady scent of the hyacinths are pure bliss.

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  14. Yay, happy flowers! Your home looks very cheerful and cozy with such springy guests.

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  15. I never think in time to force my own bulbs, so end up buying them at the grocery store! Your Tete a Tete's are lovely.

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  16. Dear Belinda, I love nothing better than to cut and bring in long stems of early flowering shrubs to force indoors. Not only do they add some drama to the drawing room they are such fun to watch as they come to life.

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  17. We have a lot of wee daffodils in our garden and although I don't think they are tete's, they are similar. The old lady who lived here for 72 years before we bought the house, was given a small clump and lifted and divided them every year for decades, spreading them round the garden and we now benefit from her hard work all those years ago.......

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  18. Hi Mette. I think you can buy hyacinths from about early December here, I get them from my local market.

    Sinead, can we persuade Jane? And thanks for the sweet link!x

    jane, thanks! I hear a swell of voices rising to make your flower show a weekly/monthly item? What about it?x

    Webb - no shame in that and thanks for the tete a tete appreciation!

    Edith, you are so right, have you seen the lovely flowering quince stems in Jane's Small but Charming blog?

    V.S. - what a lovely story, I love it when flowers have a history.

    Hi hostess, naughty Pepper, keep her away from those bulbs!


    Rachel - oh, me too!

    Anastasia - I love that squeakiness of bulb foliage - tulips are so like that too!

    Jaime, thanks so much, and how is Daphne??!

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  19. Adorable! I know that spring has got to right around the corner, right?

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  20. Laura, welcome to Wild Acre! Thanks for your comment, and I am so hoping you are right!

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  21. Gorgeous. I noticed a friend's outdoor daffs forcing their way up today. I do hope that we see them soon. So ready for spring to show its face.

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  22. Welcome to my blog, American in Bath - the new shoots of growth in the ground are such a mood-booster! Looking forward to seeing your blog, I love Bath.

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  23. Beautiful blog title and post about your planting flowers. I like the colors and photography that you shared. How fun it is to go tip-toeing through blogland. I'll look at more of your wonderful photography!

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  24. Hi Sarah, welcome to Wild Acre, delighted you enjoyed what you found here, come back and visit soon!

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