Closer Up

One of the things I love about hyacinths–besides their fragrance–is the color. Take a look at this lovely purple variety blooming in a neighbor’s yard. I have no idea what cultivar it is but it doesn’t matter. What I especially love about it are the multiple colors in each little floret: very light lilac, almost white, near the edge of the petal, “just regular” purple over most of each petal and deep violet at the throat. It’s just glorious!

This pink hyacinth, in the same neighbor’s yard, is similar–and yet different (and I didn’t get a good shot of any of the centers of these flowers because the dog had other thoughts besides flower photography!)

In this one, the stripe of saturated deep pink ends in a bolder pink at the tip of each petal. And the deep stripe that runs down the center of each flower isn’t quite as pronounced as in the purple hyacinth–in some of the flowers, it’s almost broken. But the colors are still fabulous!

Tulips too are famous for containing numerous colors in a single flower bulb–but it’s not quite warm enough for tulip time here yet.

The next time you see some flower bulbs–even as cut flowers–take a closer look!

3 thoughts on “Closer Up

  1. tonytomeo April 17, 2021 / 4:16 pm

    For almost all flowers, I prefer the old traditional cultivars. They are so much simpler. However, some of the modern colors of hyacinth are to rich to ignore! The shades of blue are excellent, and so are the burgundy and maroon sorts! I am surprised to see some behaving as perennial here.

  2. gardendaze April 17, 2021 / 5:56 pm

    Your comment interests me because it leads me to think that you don’t think that they should be. From what I can tell, these are “gift” plants that were planted outside probably 10 years or so. So they definitely have become perennial, and even migrated a bit into the lawn ( as you can see by the photo).

    I am guessing their age by the age of the couple and how long the husband–who was the gardener–has been deceased. I still bring the newspaper over to the wife every morning.

    But they are in a very protected southern exposure, surrounded by rock walls. If you remember my mossy rock walls and stone steps from a few weeks back, that was also their house. The dog loves to go up the steps after we drop off the paper!


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