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Plantidote of the Day 2013-01-21

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hyacinth

Hyacinthus

Dutch hyacinth

Inspired by jerztomato's Weekend Plantidote, Waiting for Spring, this week features all spring flowers, starting with this vivid blue hyacinth. Outdoors, we're still waiting for the signs of spring. But here, it's already happening! By the way, if you'd like to jumpstart your spring bulb flowers, here's an article and a YouTube video on forcing to bookmark for next fall. If you start the forcing process before the holidays, you could have tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, paperwhites, and all the rest blooming mid-winter!

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Readers, please send twig (twig4now@gmail.com) images and stories for the ongoing Plantidote of the Day series. In exchange, you'll win undying fame in the form of a hat tip! Plants growing in your garden, your house, or neighbor's yard, plants from the forest or farmers' market, plants you preserved, plants you prepared (wine; cider; tea; dried beans), plants you harvested (grains; chantrelles), plants you picked (flowers), plants you dried (herbs), plants you covet or hope to grow someday. Herbal remedies, propagation tips, new varieties, etc.. And if you can, include some solid detail about the plant, too -- a story, the genus and species, or where you got the seeds, or the recipe, or your grandmother gave it to you. Or challenge us with a "Name That Plant" mystery entry ... And please feel free to add corrections and additional information in the comments.

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