hyacinth

8 Apr

grape hyacinth and hyacinthThis tiny flower, seldom more than 4″ – 6″ high, often is called grape hyacinth.  Its true name is muscari, but you can see why it’s been misnamed; the tight buds resemble hyacinth before they open and some varieties carry a scent very much like true hyacinth.

grape hyacinth and hyacinth 006They had been planted in a bed in the front yard, but many were misplaced when a new water line was installed.  Now they are “naturalized” around the yard, although the water company might not be solely to blame as grape hyacinth does have a natural tendency to wander.    Having them scattered throughout the lawn is not a problem as the flowers will have faded long before it’s time for the first lawn mowing.

grape hyacinth and hyacinth 001The hyacinth in that bed might have suffered a similar fate, as they are no longer growing close together and there is no trace of the pink and white varieties.  A little digging after the flowers are finished blooming might locate the other bulbs, but it’s possible they’re buried too deep to find.

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One Response to “hyacinth”

  1. SnapInTime April 9, 2013 at 2:11 am #

    I love hyacinth! They are beautiful and smell so good too.

    I had some pretty purple and white but they only lasted two seasons before a winter where voles wiped out many of my perennials- irises, hyacinth, tulips and lilies- dozens of plants devoured. I’ve yet to rebuild that spring bed!

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