I CAN STILL RECALL the excitement here last winter when true-blue grape hyacinths (Muscari) bloomed in my parlor window (above; click to enlarge). These filled the entire room with such a marvelous springtime perfume that I thought the snow outside was a mirage. Muscari is extremely easy to force into early bloom:
In October (or even early November), plant Muscari in a smallish bowl of pebbles and water. Choose a bowl that is at least 3 inches in depth. My blue and white china bowl, pictured up top, is 6 inches wide and 3 inches deep — the perfect size to accommodate 10 bulbs.
Now set the bowl in a cool and light (not sunny) window for 10 weeks. During this time grassy green sprouts will emerge. Check the water level weekly, and add more water as evaporation takes place. Then, in February, bring the bulbs to the sunny window garden. There the tiny blue cones of scented buds will quickly emerge. You will enjoy, as I do, not only the fragrant flowers — but the ease of obtaining them, too.
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