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Grape hyacinth

Grape hyacinths at the top of the wall

We have a small clump of grape hyacinths at the edge of a flower bed right next to the wall which retains it. It should by now be a large clump, except that the dogs consider that particular spot to be a vantage point and so they sit on it.

Clive associates this flower with the childhood home where he was unhappy and so he would be quite glad if the clump disappeared altogether.

But I’m very fond of it. My mother loved blue flowers (Germander speedwell was her very favourite) and we had them at my childhood home also.

They are perfect cut flowers for small arrangements: tall with smooth stems to slip in the vase and no untidy leaves attached.

They also have the most wonderful sweet scent – much less heady and ‘mealy’ than actual hyacinths and incredibly evocative.

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  1. May 4, 2012 at 7:29 pm

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