Monday, January 4, 2010

Pretty picture: Hyacinthus orientalis cv.

This is an old picture, but I don't know how old exactly: it was taken at some point while I was working at the greenhouse, and judging from the amount of blurring, it looks like it was probably taken before I figured out how to use the macro feature, so it might be from my first spring there, almost two years ago now. This is, unfortunately, all you get today, because I severely overestimated my interest in / tolerance for blog maintenance yesterday, and consequently found myself with no time to write.

Also, there's kind of a problem with me not having much in the way of current pictures to post about: nothing much seems to be happening here that I haven't covered already, and when I went to the ex-job to get pretty-picture blog fodder, I discovered them closed, for three consecutive days (Jan 1-3), which is unprecedented and actually concerns me a bit. I don't remember ever being closed for more than one day at a time when I worked there. Perhaps they needed me giving back half my paychecks more than they let on at the time.

So I don't know what I'm going to do for future posts, but I'm sure I'll come up with something. It may end up involving some hurried finishing of long-abandoned old posts. We will see.


Darla said...

Love the grape hyacinth!!

Nell Jean said...

A hyacinth is always appropriate in the winter. I have two 'in vase' as Carol calls it, with green shoot showing.

Barbee' said...

Here it is January already and again, and I didn't get any hyacinth bulbs to force. Every year I get so busy and forget to do that, and every year, I say I'm going to do that next year. One of these days I'm going to run out of years! I will just have to look at yours and pretend I smell it.

Andrea said...

Hi, i'm new here just followed your comments in Autumn Belle's. I appreciate your blogging about tropical species despite your being in a temperate country. I am glad i visited so i learned that my old picture in Saigon, Vietnam is in fact Hyacinthus orientalis. I was hesitant to label it as water hyacinth (common in Philippines), because the flowers are different.

I would like to react to Darla's comment here (hope Darla and you will not mind) that your photo is a grape hyacinth. It is a temperate species and colored blue looking like grapes. Thank you.

grrrlgeek said...

Here I am, lo, these many years later, just in case someone googles to identify a flower they found in their yard. The plant pictured here is not a grape hyacinth.

This is a grape hyacinth: .