When I first began painting, and at this time of year, I painted a lot of hyacinths. Their sweet fragrance always carries me back to; that time. One doesn’t see hyacinth jars like these often, and certainly not at the grocery store where I saw these recently.
Hyacinths are more often found potted up, but beware their thuggish attitudes, they can often shift and sprawl.
Fresh cut hyacinths are one way to deal with the sprawling and still have that heavenly fragrance. This vase with a handled cradle also has an old time divided top, perfect for unruly hyacinths.
These long stemmed beauties were from the wholesaler. The ones at my grocer are considerably shorter.
By the next day, they have begun to open and lighten in color.
Not only do they continue to grow as tulips do, their color lightens and the fragrance gets stronger. I have them in the map room right behind where I “nest” and read at the end of the day.
Look how big the leaves are! Now the flowers are separated on the stems. Time is up for these beauties.