“If thou of fortune be bereft,
and in thy store there be but left
two loaves, sell one, and with the
dole, buy hyacinths to feed thy

~ John Greenleaf Whittier

Yellow Hyacinth Gypsy Princess

If you don’t know the smell of a hyacinth it is unlike any other. I love it. One has to reach for the verbiage of a Vintner or Perfumer: “…green, flowery, bitterish with honey, spicy, with chocolate shades.” It is a sweet, complex scent.

The closest thing it reminds me of is when you make a true buttercream frosting. Sweet, rich, not too rich…but something good is about to happen.

I have a bank of them outside the bedroom window.

Hyacinths Purple and Pink Pearl

They come in delicious colors from the near ubiquitous Delft Blue:

Hyacinth Delft Blue with Yellow Mammoth Crocus

To shades of red, white, lavender and the Pink Pearl below.

Hyacinth Pink Pearl

Though I love the smell some find it cloying.

The sticks and branches in the shots? Deer deterrents. If you don’t cover the flowers something may eat them before they bloom. You and the Bumble Bees will miss out.

Daffodils and Hyacinth

Though fall planting of bulbs is best you can take grocery store or florist hyacinth flowers and put them in your gardens when they are done blooming inside. Let the green leaves grow and feed the wee beastie. It will faithfully return year after year.

Happy Monday~

Published by dunelight


13 thoughts on “Hyacinths

    1. My Aunt who raised me was always trying to grow all manner of flatland plants up in the foothills @Evergreen/Conifer. I don’t recall ever seeing Hyacinths growing down on the high plains. It’s probably a matter of they are frivolous. I’d think they’d grow there.

    1. The deer overpopulation here is outrageous. They have cleared the dunes of native wildflowers and understory tree habitat which impacts other wildlife. A great deal of my energy is spent keeping them out of my plants and native pollinator flowers.

      1. Do you live in a town, city, suburb? I understand suburban deer are a growing problem across the US. I had far less deer when I lived in the country. They never came up into the yard or farmyard. Are they a destructive problem where you live?

      2. We live on the edge of England’s Hampshire’s New Forest – a National Park which has many wild deer which I sometimes feature. Friends and relatives have had problems, as we did when we lived within the forest. I often post on trips in the forest which has free roaming animals such as ponies, cattle, pigs, all having right of way on the roads.

  1. They are beautiful hyacinths, aren’t they?
    I bought a hydroponic pot at the end of last year and grew them in the entrance of my house. The blue flowers bloomed. After enjoying them for about a month, I planted them in a corner of the garden. I’m sure they will come back next year.

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