Hyacinth Bottle with Supporting Wire

by Mandy Kirby

The January 1860 garden column of the famous fashion magazine the New Monthly Belle Assemblee recommended the Hyacinth Bottle and Flower Support as being ideal for growing [Hyacinths] indoors.

The slender bottle with bulbous base was nothing new; hyacinths were often grown in water, not soil, in these small glass vases, which usually came in a variety of colors from cranberry red to cobalt blue, but the supporting wire was an innovation, designed to support the stem with its heavy bloom and keep it all neat and tidy. 




Mandy Kirkby, gardener and garden writer, A Victorian Flower Dictionary

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Hyacinth Bottle with Supporting Wire

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