The Sweetest Smell of All

Hyacinth Jars at the Grocery Store

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.

 Ultramarine Hyacinths just beginning

Ultramarine Hyacinths

Hyacinths are more often found potted up, but beware their thuggish attitudes, they can often shift and sprawl.

Vase Jar and stand

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.

 Cut Hyacinths

These long stemmed beauties were from the wholesaler.  The ones at my grocer are considerably shorter.

Bulblet topsIn what looks like dirt on the stem, turns out to be the top of the bulb!

 Hyacinths in the JarIt is a good thing that the openings on this container are large squares.  have kept some of their leaves.

Hyacinth in a Jar 1

By the next day, they have begun to open and lighten in color.

Hyacinths in a Jar 2jpg

 Hyacinths in a Jar 3

 Hyacinths in a Jar 4

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.

Hyacinths in a Jar 5

Look how big the leaves are!  Now the flowers are separated on the stems.  Time is up for these beauties.


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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