garden ponderings


Scent of a Hyacinth

I love the scent of a hyacinth flower!
Some people actually complain the aroma is too ‘heady’ for them:(
I got a good whiff just walking along the brick path.
It smelled so good, I walked back and forth a few times!
Made me smile on an overcast day:)
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Long ago, I made and sold porcelain hyacinth vases,
which were used to ‘force’ a bulb to bloom indoors.
There were always extra bulbs at the end of the season,
which I planted under bushes within deer-fences.
White hyacinth live at the base of this budding lilac bush.
Because deer ignore daffodils,
those bulbs get to live outside the protective fence.
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Lots of hyacinths live below this rhododendron.
Did you know that blue, white and purple hyacinths
are the best color of these flowers to force?
I can’t say for sure if I bought the bi-color flower bulbs,
or they hybridized naturally.


Hyacinths – again

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Hyacinths - again

Well, I just like hyacinths. Here they are on the opposite side of the house, starting to flower a couple of days after my first hyacinth posting. These are encircling a budding lilac bush (which the deer love to nibble on). The rabbits found they like the irises around the hyacinths, so I had to make the fencing around the lilac quite large.

Besides the dandelion leaves, I see California poppies and everlasting sweet peas coming up in the fencing.  A few years ago, I had the great idea that everlasting sweet peas would look great climbing up the lilacs and some other shrubs, so I planted the entire packet of seeds around the yard.  Not the best idea.  It turns out they can be very invasive and hard to dig up.

I started planting Shasta daisies around the irises, since neither deer or rabbits seem to bother the daisies. Perhaps when those plantings get completed and established, and the lilacs get large enough, the fencing can be removed. I’m always dreaming of more garden projects…