Gift #601: Hyacinths

Once again I find myself foiled in my attempts to share some interesting lore about flowers. The past several flowers I’ve researched have led to awkward moments which I don’t feel comfortable recounting on my blog.  This is largely the fault of ancient Greeks.  I was going to share some interesting tidbits about the hyacinth.  Our hyacinths are starting to come up and are a most welcome sight.  I love hyacinths for their color and scent, and their ability to impart happiness in an otherwise winter-dreary landscape.  They are a sign that spring is on the way.  Slowly, very slowly spring is creeping back into the vegetation.

Thwarted though I was in recounting the origins of hyacinths, I did happen upon a sweet passage from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (one of my favorites!).  Catherine Morland informs Mr. Henry Tilney that she “has just learnt to love a hyacinth” although she is “naturally indifferent about flowers.”  Mr. Tilney responds “But now you love a hyacinth.  So much the better.  You have gained a new source of enjoyment, and it is well to have as many holds upon happiness as possible”


Wise words Mr. Tilney.  Wise words.  That’s why I’ll be keeping a hyacinth in my pocket, metaphorically speaking, of course.

imageBlessings to you,



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