My daughter gave me an old preserving jar. You can have it Mom she said; I do not need it anymore. "You will certainly regret this," I responded.
Next day, I already got an idea what to do with this jar. I would try to force Hyacinths in it. An experiment! With some pebbles on the bottom it should be possible. Because one jar is not really making an impact, I decided to have a windowsill full of Hyacinths. Fortunate enough, I have still plenty of preserving jars in the barn. I took the jars from the barn inside and washed them thoroughly.
With some black pebbles on the bottom it looks right instantly. I place the Hyacinth bulbs on the pebbles, a little water and voilà, job done.
After that I put the jars on the windowsill next to my computer desk. This way I can watch them grow. However, I hear a voice in my head: Is this is the right way to do Hetty? My mother used to force Hyacinths on glass too. She placed them in the basement….…
A little search on the Internet teaches me that only specially prepared Hyacinths can be forced indoors. The other ones just need to have a cold period. And, to make things worse, they must be placed in the dark too.
I don’t know whether my bulbs are prepared or not, so I put all the jars back into the barn. I place them into a box and cover them with a jacket to keep the light out.
This experiment started so easy and on a high note, but it has got me into a mountain of troubles right away. What to do when it starts freezing? All my old preserving jars will be frozen!
On second thoughts I don’t think my daughter does regret giving me the preserving jar, but.......
I already regret the experiment!
The preserving jar, my daughter gave to me.
It looks beautiful.
But a windowsill full of preserving jars looks even better!
Old preserving jar from the flee market.
I love the details.
Experiment. Hyacinth on stones.
Cosy together in a jar.
I have to wait for a long time..., I already regret this experiment!
Wish I had planted them out in the garden....
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