Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hyacinths, Sweet Smell of Spring and This Blog's 500th Post!

Today on this blog are photos  of a supermarket splurge: hyacinths. 

With the fiercest winter on record slowly receding into past history, (please?),  every fiber of my being is yearning for spring. There are no crocuses sticking their heads up from the earth because it's still covered with several feet of snow.

No buds on the trees since it's still freezing outside!  

There are no farmers markets to go to and no fresh peaches.

However, all is not lost. In the supermarket, they had hyacinths, 3 for $10. It was a huge splurge for me but I did it anyway----put those babies right into the shopping cart before any food ever hit the bottom. 
It was worth it, too. These flowers  make me happy just looking at them.

They sit bravely on the chilly kitchen windowsill, looking out toward the snowy backyard and occasional sun. They are three beauties in white, pink (my fave), and purple.

According to the Internet's "The Flower Expert,"  hyacinths are very ancient flowers, having been cultivated for centuries.  In Victorian flower language, they symbolized sport or play and blue hyacinths, sincerity.

They grew in Europe at the time of the Greeks and Romans and Homer and Virgil remarked on their sweet fragrance.

So, to celebrate the eventual coming of spring, as well as this blog's 500th post TODAY,  woo hoo, I'm sharing photos of these beauties.  Hope you enjoy looking at them!

(Eventually there will be a giveaway, commemorating this momentous occasion of having written and shared 500 posts, with photographs, with readers from many different places! I think you are all great people!)



Bookie said...

These flowers are lovely. Thanks for sharing. I might have been tempted myself if I saw them. I am working hard on not being in stores and not "seeing" thigns right now. Soon...soon...I tell myself. Even my huge poinsettia is looking at me, shedding leaves all over the place asking where spring is...soon, soon....

Thanks for help with the recipe. I must gather the ingredients--soon--is there an echo in here?

diane stetson said...

I have calia lilies in the bedroom...roses and Iris in the other bedroom, a pink hydrangia in the dining room and a yellow mum in the living room. I've never had so many flowers in my is wonder. I love the smell of all of them. Yours are very pretty too Susan.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hey Susan, those are gorgeous flowers. I was surprised when I visited Shereen the other day to find that her big pot of poinsettias is still going strong. Mine died some time ago. :/ Enjoy your indoor garden. Best wishes, Tammy PS we fly off to Sri Lanka tonite so won't be around to visit until next week.

Linda O'Connell said...

What beautiful flowers. Do whatever it takes to hurry spring and create a bit of it!

Linda said...

Congratulations on your 500th post! I see my dear blogger friend Tammy here above as well. :) Thanks for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment. Yes, I adore cats. :) And Hyacinths are some of my favorite spring flowers, but like you -nothing is growing here yet. We did, however, lose all of our snow finally, as we're a bit further south than you, here in east-central Illinois. I too am longing for Spring, but such a nice idea you had to plant some Spring indoors right now. ☼
Have a really wonderful day,

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love Hyacinths! I think the pinks (no surprise) are my favorites. I love their fragrance! Congrats on your 500th post!!


Happy 500th Post! Your Hyacinths are beautiful, I cant resist them at the supermarket either. Cant decide between the white (so pure) and the blue (my favourite colour), mind you the pink is so lovely too! I would definitely have to have all three!!

Susan said...

Here's a special, warm welcome to Linda! She's this blog's 187th Follower on the day of the 500th post! Thanks, Linda. It will be super having you stop by.

Thanks to everyone who comes to read this blog. Without you, blogging would be like a balloon without air! Hugs to all. Susan

Rebecca said...

Congratulations, Susan! And I like the "pinks". Have I also seen a blue/lavender? I like those, too....

Anonymous said...

Oh I just love it when other's do some insightful research on flowers!
these are stunning! I love the hearty aroma of these beauties! every breath you take will remind you that it was sooooooooo worth the splurge! Am I right!

take a long slow whiff for me, will you dear sweet Susan!

ciao bella

Creative Carmelina

Chatty Crone said...

Hey - you brain stormed and if you need flowers and they won't grow the next best thing is to buy them for yourself and enjoy enjoy enjoy!


Kathleen said...

Congratulations on you 500th post! Your hyacinths are gorgeous, I love them for their fragrance as much as their good looks. Great photos too. Kathleen.

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