Forcing bulbs for Christmas


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Narcissus paperwhites: so beautiful, and they have a gorgeous perfume too.

Hyacinths are perhaps a little easier to procure (and also smell heavenly).

Muscari are sweet in either blue or white...

Now's the time to force bulbs indoors so they'll flower in time for Christmas. Get creative with containers: Hyacinths can be forced in just water using bulb vases or even vintage jars. Other options: old biscuit tins, tea caddies or simple terracotta pots. 

Further reading

Royal Horticultural Society

Curated by

Sarah Hardman

Sarah lives over at Mitenska, where she chronicles life's simple pleasures.

She's a keen photographer, writer and tea drinker. Her favourite things include collecting treasures from her daily rambles, baking cake, rainy days and cosying up with a good book.

She resides in the Pennines with her partner and little boy.