Cutest office gift ever: Hearts & hyacinths. "forced" bulbs for the holidays. Amaryllis with white hyacinth & red tulips in a clear container with just stones and water, no dirt. Then tie a beautiful ribbon around it.
Forcing hyacinths to bloom in water was a Victorian passion that fell out of favor in the twentieth century -- perhaps because garden writers made the process seem more complicated and mysterious than it is.
Use newspaper to wrap a flowering bulb with small amount of soil. The recipient can cut the string & place in the ground since the newspaper will not harm the environment. Photo: Johanna Eklöf/Formelle Design www.