Name: The word hyacinth
comes from the Greek Hyakinthos, a handsome young man who in Greek mythology was
loved by the sun god Apollo. One day they were practising throwing the discus
but the jealous god of the West Wind, who was also in love with Hyakinthos, blew
the discus back and it fatally wounded him. From his blood grew a flower which
the god Apollo named after him.|
Origin: It was
brought to Western Europe in the 16th century and was first cultivated in Austria
in the 1500's. During the 17th and 18th centuries, like the tulip, it was to be
found only in the collections of very rich flower collectors. Because of the hyacinth's
pervasive perfume, the bulbs were exorbitantly expensive. The bulbs are now grown
in Holland and Great Britain.
white, pink, peach and blue. More unusual colours to look for include dark wine
purples , rosy reds, navy, egg-yolk yellows and soft oranges.
Availability: November to April
Hyacinthus orientalis belongs to the Liliaceae family and so grows from a bulb.
Varieties: Varieties come in all colours including
pure white "Carnegie", salmon "Anna Marie", delicate pink
" Splendid Cornelia" and baby blue "Delft Blue
Facts: Nowadays the cut flowers are sold with roots
intact at the bottom to make the flowers last longer. Don't cut these off, but
just give the stems a good rinse.
here for link to scented hyacinths
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