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Spring Gardens Bulbs; How to take care of cut Hyacinths


The weatherman says we are at least a month behind in NE Ohio.  I thought I would be much further along in my gardens by now. My condo association has been dealing with water drainage issues for the past couple of years.  The old house drains that carry water from the gutters to the central drainage system had deteriorated and collapsed.  I have lived here for over 20 years and never had water in the lower level but for the past couple of years, we had a damp – like smell.  I had all the carpets removed and the condo association put in a large drainage system with enlarged roof gutters to handle the excess water. The retaining wall on the one side of the house started moving and had to be rebuilt. While all that work appears to have worked, our entire garden now has to be replanted. Last year we tore out the entire side garden and had to have our retaining wall rebuilt on that side. I was able to keep a red maple, a cluster of Iris, and the side Aborvite;  most of the side and front plants were lost.

Bobo hydrangea – small and compact

I was only left with a pink dogwood in front of the house. I had some white bobo hydrangeas planted along the front of the front bed.  But this spring I was pleasantly surprised to find a lone cluster of purple hyacinths that survived the trauma and were nestled against the front stoop.  As you can see the hydrangeas are still in a post-winter state- just old brown stalks no green coming at all.  I was so happy to see the purple heads, I cut one to bring inside.

Hyacinth Survivor

I love the spring bulb flowers, hyacinths, tulip, and daffodils.  Unless you can grow them in your home as a bulb in water or soil,  they happen to be one of the hardest to keep as cut flowers.   They deteriorate quite quickly and require some special attention.


  • Get a vase that holds the flowers and filled with a good 4 inches of water
  • Place some flower compound to keep flowers fresh and hold off bacteria growth.  If you don’t have this you can make your own with sugar, bleach, and lemon.  I found a few recipes online.  I found a new idea with the penny!
  • Make sure you remove any leaves that will fall below the waterline.  They will rot and cause the flowers to wilt and die.
  • Make a fresh cut in the base of the flower stem- clean cut with a clean sharp knife or scissors.
  • Place immediately in the vase and enjoy!
  • Remember to change the water every day if you didn’t use a preservative or at least once a week.  Keep out of direct sunlight or heat.

A favorite scene of mine is a single hyacinth bulb in a small glass vase. Use multiple colors and vases on a table. Nice

I still have to get a bunch of wood tubs and containers this year.  The snow and cold have not let me get into the mood very well. I plan to put a lot of color on my lower patio.  Hopefully, I can find wood tubs and plastic containers large enough to hold some dwarf trees.  Thinking of getting a dwarf lilac and a forsythia.  The NE  Ohio winters put me in zone 6 and anything in a clay pot might freeze or the pot shatter.

Wishing you warm days. And bunches of blooms – eventually.

Don’t think we are going to get a spring this year.

Thanks for reading.  I’d hear about your garden plans this year in the comment section.

Talk soon




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