Hang Tight: Suspending Hyacinth Bulbs
Flowers and Foliage
4 hyacinth bulbs with soil washed off
3 dogwood stems
Consider substituting amaryllis bulbs for hyacinths and bamboo for dogwood stems.
clear cube vase (5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches)
black pebbles or gravel
How to Arrange
1. Trim the side shoots from the dogwood stems and cut the stems into equal lengths that are each a little longer than the width of the vase.
2 To make the frame, arrange three stems in a row on a flat surface. If any stems are very thin, reinforce them with an extra stem. Check that they are evenly spaced, and that together they are no wider than the width of the vase. Place another three stems over them at right angles to make a crosshatch effect. You should have created four square spaces within the frame. Secure each cross-over point with string tied in a knot (image 1).
3. Fill a third of the vase with pebbles, then fill the vase to the top with water.
4. Place the frame on the vase and position a bulb in a square hole. Adjust the frame around the bulb so it pinches the base of the bulb to secure it in place. Position the other bulbs in the same way on the frame. Only the roots of the bulbs need to float in the water to keep the hyacinths alive (image 2).
If you add water occasionally to keep the roots floating beneath the surface, this arrangement should last for three weeks.