Planted hyacinths make the perfect gift. And with a bit of care and imagination you can transform them from a last minute buy into something really special. Treat yourself, or bookmark this project for Mother’s Day.
For this really simple DIY project you’ll need:
- Hyacinth bulbs
- selection of knarled twigs
1. Take your hyacinths out of their pot
The easiest way to take your hyacinths out of their pot is to starve them of water – so the soil crumbles away easily - and tip your plastic pot out into an old washing up bowl. This way you’ll have something to catch your soil in without making too much mess.
2. Repot your hyacinths
Place you hyacinths into a new container. I used a catering sized empty tuna can which was rescued from the recycling bin at my local sandwich shop. Whatever you use think about a container with reasonably high sides so that it will securely hold your bulbs and supporting twigs. My tin was big enough for six bulbs.
3. Build a twiggy support structure
The next thing you need to do is to build a twiggy support structure. Snap a handful of knarled branches into lengths about 15-20cm long and place these upright between your bulbs. As your hyacinths grow they will become top heavy – these sticks will help support their heavy heads. For contrast I added thinner silver birch twigs, as well and some lengths of heather. I like the textural contrast and interest they give my bowl, while I wait for my hyacinths to bloom.
To finish off you could add in anything else that takes you eye – moss from your lawn, or feathers and faux eggs to take you through to Easter.
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