Make: Simple hyacinth planter

 
Hyacinth planter
Hyacinth planter

My love for hyacinths is fairly limitless. And bulbs in the green (bulbs in pots with shoots coming out of the top) are so full of promise at this time of year when everything else is sleeping under the soil. So hyacinth bulbs in the green make the perfect present for gardener types as far as I'm concerned. You can pay a fortune for ready made planters in the shops, which seems a bit silly when making your own costs just a few pounds and is the work of moments. No gardening skills required, I promise.

Hyacinth planter
Hyacinth planter

You will need:

A pretty container - my enamel trough came from an antiques market, but you could use anything from baskets, ceramic pots (without drainage holes) and even jam jars (just use a single bulb). Enough bulbs in the green to fill your tub - I bought mine for £2 a pot (three bulbs in each pot) from the local market) - I bought six pots of bulbs. Sheet moss - I got mine for £2 a sheet at the local florist. One sheet did my planter and a few other smaller pots.

Method

Brace yourself for the strenuous task at hand.

Hyacinth planter
Hyacinth planter

Put the pots of bulbs into your container and arrange them as best they fit. I left mine in the pots for drainage, saving myself the trouble of buying soil and drilling holes in my container. If you're using jam jars divide the bulbs as gently as you can and nestle each one into its jar with soil from the pot.

Hyacinth planter
Hyacinth planter

Tear up bits of the sheet moss and arrange around the exposed bulbs to hide the pots and the soil.

Water well and relax.

Hyacinth planter
Hyacinth planter