Winters in the Pacific Northwest are typically dark and rainy. Sometimes I feel like curling up on the couch with a blanket and staying there until springtime. Obviously hibernating isn’t an option so I came up with a few ways of combating the winter blues. A little extra coffee, dark chocolate ;) and lots of flowers. Forcing bulbs is easy and an inexpensive way to keep your home bright and cheery during the winter months.
Hyacinth is one of my favorites this time of year. They are super fragrant and come in a variety of colors. Mini-Daffodils are a sunny yellow and grow quickly.
Begin by potting the bulbs in a clean, dry container. Do not bury the bulbs. The bulb “nose” should be exposed and the soil should be a mix of peat moss and garden mulch. Some gardeners recommend adding sand to the mix however I’ve never done that and always have good luck with my bulbs.
If you are filling a 6-inch pot, try adding 6 tulips, a few hyacinths, 12 crocus, and 6 daffodils. I used small containers for my bulbs and set them on the mantle. Because I was late planting my bulbs, I decided to purchase flowers that had already started to grow. So easy!