Very happy to be back home after an eight day stay at Evanston General Hospital. Not that the staff aren’t exemplary. But I was tired of having apparently random groups of doctors (doctors travel in groups, like fish) come by, knead my abdomen, and ask about my bowel movements. And I was tired of the IVs and the monitors and the taking of blood and vital signs. But maybe I should stop my grousing, because when I went there I was not at all well, and now I am much better (though still tired).
Hyacinth ‘Blue Jacket’ (Hyacinthus orientalis) was there to greet me at the front door. Many people consider Hyacinths commonplace, but this is the first time I have grown any, so I was excited. I grew these in containers buried outside to overwinter. I think it is a very handsome flower. I like the blue-purple trumpets that have a faint white stripe.
They have only a very modest fragrance, though. I had read that Hyacinths had a sweet fragrance so strong that some people found it unpleasant. I like a powerfully fragrant flower, though, so I was a bit disappointed. I wonder if if the fragrance was below par because it was a chill day with few pollinators to attract? That could be a good question for a future post.
Do you grow hyacinths, and are they always fragrant?