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!
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!