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.


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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