For many years, I made hyacinth vases to sell before the holidays.
They always included a pre-chilled bulb, ready to be forced to bloom.
Of course, there were always left over bulbs (as I ordered in quantity),
that I kept planting in my gardens.
Most of the hyacinth bulbs live in my ‘flower jails’
to protect them from marauding deer and rabbits.
Every year the rabbits have chewed the flowers and leaves of the un-fenced bulbs in this bed. This is the first year in memory, the flowers have survived.
The rabbit population rises and falls annually, opposite that of the predators, usually coyotes, though there is the occasional bobcat or bear. Since hyacinths are blooming safely out of the fence, it lets me know to be aware the predator population is on the rise.