(Look to the right for tips on buying your bulbs).
There are so many bulbs available in the stores and garden centers I find it very hard to choose only a few. When I visit my garden center, even in the winter, there are always some kind of bulbs available.
Most of you are familiar with Hyacinths bulbs grown in baskets. I'm sure you have seen them in someone's house or in your local supermarket at certain times of the year. They can be very expansive so why not grow your own Hyacinths in a basket? It's easy to do; anyone can do it.
I chose Hyacinths because they don't need a cold period like most bulbs do and because of that they are easy to grow.
There fragrant flower spikes release a wonderful perfume as you walk into any room. They make the perfect thank you gift basket or to cheer a friend up who is under the weather, a get well gift basket.
So why not make your own colorful gift and plant bulbs in a basket and give a splash of color to family and friends.
The bulbs I have used for the basket below are blue Hyacinths. They look good and have a wonderful scent. You can use one color Hyacinth, as I have done or mix different colors together because they come in a range of colors, pink, blue, white, yellow, red-purple and pale-orange.
White and Blue Hyacinths tend to be the most fragrant.
2. I filled the basket 3/4 full with soil.
3. Plant your bulbs as recommended on the packet. (this is found somewhere on the packet).
4. Once I covered my bulbs with soil I cut the plastic bag so it's the same height as my basket.
5. Now I have covered all my Hyacinth bulbs with a light covering of soil, I like to put moss on top.
Personally I think it looks nice when the bulbs start peeping through.
I would love to hear your stories, ideas or tips for making gift baskets. Go to my contact me page and share your ideas with me and others.
When buying bulbs, look for any that are soft, damaged, rotting or shriveling; leave those and buy the ones that are firm to the touch and healthy looking.
Buying loose bulbs are sometimes cheaper then prepacked bulbs.
Buying Collections: This means there are a variety of similar types of bulbs in one package.
Best time to plant bulbs: When they become available in the stores.
A Rose Gift Basket
A Carnation Gift Basket
A Basket of Yellow Lillie's