The intoxicating fragrance of hyacinths fills the air in late afternoon as the flowers give up their greatest gift.
Spring wouldn't be the same without hyacinths. I have them growing along the sidewalk which leads to the front door.
Cutting one or two blooms for a vase fills the house with the wonderful aroma too.
They are easy to grow, come back for years and come in many colors. I never met one I didn't like and they all go together. Like most bulbs they need decent garden soil and should be allowed to dry out in the summer.
Consider that when scouting for a planting location.
'Woodstock' is one of my favorite varieties. Beet red, double flowers fill the stem. Of course they also smell like heaven.
If you didn't plant any bulbs in the fall, you might be able to find some for forcing at a good nursery. Those bulbs can be planted indoors to be enjoyed in several weeks.
Put hyacinths on your planting list for the fall, they make spring smell sweeter.
Road trip anyone?
It’s official. The world will get its first look at “Foxcatcher” at the Cannes Film Festival. The lineup is being announced today and the movie shot in Western Pennsylvania is on the list.
“Foxcatcher” stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall.
Bennett Miller directs a screenplay by Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye about a real-life chemical fortune heir who went to prison for killing an Olympic gold medalist and wrestler.
In January 1996, John du Pont shot and killed David Schultz, a 1984 gold medal winner who came to live and train at the state-of-the-art Foxcatcher National Training Center that du Pont had built on his 800-acre property in Newtown Square, Pa. Wilpen Hall in Sewickley Heights was the stand-in for Foxcatcher Farms during 2012 filming.
The USA should be a country where all races and religions can live in freedom and harmony. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen.