Saturday, September 23, 2017

Woulda, coulda, shoulda planted Hyacinths

Come spring, lots of folks slap themselves on the forehead saying, "I woulda, coulda, shoulda planted ____." You fill in the blank. If only they had planted those flower bulbs in fall, they would be enjoying them in spring. Here is one of my favorites that you should plant now.

Hyacinths are ever-popular bulbs for garden and indoor forcing. The large flowers and heady fragrance are well-known to gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Even children come to know them.

The name is said to have been inspired by a much-loved young athlete, Hyakinthos, who was hit and killed by a stray discus while foolishly trying to catch it. Of course, the discus was not blown off course by accident; Zephyr did it. The flowers miraculously sprouted from the blood of Hyakinthos.

Since that time, safer plastic discs have been developed. Still, Zephyr is often blamed for bad throws in disc golf.

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