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Let It Snow!

 

I love this cold time of the year when hyacinths can grow wild inside.

(thanks to Astrid's green thumb!)

 

The Dutch or Common Hyacinth, of house and garden culture, was so popular in the 18th century

that over 2,000 cultivars were cultivated in the Netherlands, its chief commercial producer.  (Wiki)



Let It Snow!

 

I love this cold time of the year when hyacinths can grow wild inside.

(thanks to Astrid's green thumb!)

 

The Dutch or Common Hyacinth, of house and garden culture, was so popular in the 18th century

that over 2,000 cultivars were cultivated in the Netherlands, its chief commercial producer.  (Wiki)



comments (50)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Dec 2011, 00:36
A beautiful study, Ginnie.

Informative, too...I did not know hyacinths could be kept indoors.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ray. As soon as it's wintertime, Astrid starts buying hyacinth bulbs for the apartment. They really do grow like weeds...fast and furious. And the whole apartment is full of the smell. It's wonderful!
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Dec 2011, 00:39
I love your photo smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Cherry.
It almost looks edible, Ginnie. Love how you've presented it against the dark background. You know, I always think of the character 'Hyacinth Bucket' from the British sitcom 'Keeping Up Appearances' whenever I see this flower.
Ginnie Hart: I just did a Google on Hyacinth Bucket and loved what I read, Beverly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyacinth_Bucket. HA! What a great woman's name: Hyacinth. Thanks for the "trivia" nugget this morning! smile
Those tones, the combination of the green and the purple! grin They're beautiful! I love the softness in this picture! Great work! x Laura Abigail
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Abby. The smell of this hyacinth has filled our home and was just crying out to be photographed! smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 7 Dec 2011, 02:02
I think they are beautiful but I'm getting asthma of the sent they have. Beautiful Christmas flower. Here in Sweden they are sold as a Christmas flower that we have inside as a solitary flower or in groups with other flowers.
Ginnie Hart: You are definitely right about the smell, Frida, which almost knocks your socks off! It fills our apartment. As soon as wintertime comes, Astrid starts buying these t5hroughout the season. When one plant dies off, a new one replaces it. It's a way of life for the Dutch, too, and a very cheap joy! smile
Wow what a terrific shot! Will you show it when it opens?! I imagine it will be every bit as gorgeous as your photo!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Elizabeth. Believe it or not, I took 97 photos of this plant (3 bulbs) and ended up with only 3 I really liked. One of them IS an opened flower which I may show one day. I love your vote of confidence. smile
Nice shot, does it have the gorgeous hyacinth perfume as well?
My grandson bought me a potted hyacinth in May this year, which had 3 blooms on it and overpowering perfume. As it died down I left it in the pot and now it is flowering again, much smaller and with a gentler smell. I am so pleased with it.
Ginnie Hart: OMG, YES, Sheila. The smell fills our whole apartment. It would be over-powering if you had any kind of allergies. But we love it. As soon as one plant dies off, Astrid replaces it with a new one (usually 3 bulbs at a time). They grow like crazy-fast! smile Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 7 Dec 2011, 06:42
wonderful detail
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Vintage.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Dec 2011, 06:46
I love this Ginne: at the delicate moment when the colour begins to show. Snow? I can cope with it if there isn't any wind
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chris. We had a great snowfall in time for Christmas last year and I already have my fingers crossed...wind or no wind. We didn't have snow the rest of the season, however. I hope we do better than that this year.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Dec 2011, 06:56
WOW, I love this picture. Wonderful colour and composition (great border too smile )
I love this time of the year, I cannot walk passed a shop where they sell the Hyacinths, I have to have one.
I try to get the blue ones, however the pink and the white ones are nice too and smell as delightful.
I am glad you love them too, I will keep buying them grin.
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, MLMA. I thought your orchids took the cake but you're like a little kid when you bring home the hyacinths! The look on your face is worth a prize. smile
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Dec 2011, 07:28
This is stunning, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Elisabeth.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Dec 2011, 07:34
Yesterday it did snow here- but very quickly it melted away - according the weather forecast it will be snowing - in the Sauerland, the favourite 'mountains of the Dutch people, you can already find snow. - What an interesting hyacinth I never saw before!
Ginnie Hart: We're hoping for snow on Saturday when we go to Düsseldorf, Philine. We received our "clean car" sticker yesterday and can park as close to the Christmas market as possible...we hope. We are really looking forward to our day, rain/snow or not.

If we ever visit you in winter-time again, we will bring you a hyacinth! smile
Ro, how you make beautiful photos ginnie ? you are a princess of the cliché(picture) I kiss you very tenderly, and good day...thank you for your kind cuckoo under my nours...
Ginnie Hart: Flattery gets you everywhere, Pierrot. grin Merci.
The shops are full of Hyacinth bulbs and those things with the red leaves that never survive in our house. Kathryn had an Amaryllis once that lasted several years and produced huge flowers.

I like your picture ginnie
Ginnie Hart: It's that time of the year, Bill! One of these days Astrid will come home with an Amarylis, for sure. Thank you.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Dec 2011, 08:05
A lovely picture Ginnie, blue ones are my favourite, and that scent ......smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Anne. Blue is Astrid's favorite color, too, for the hyacinth. And the scent fills up our entire apartment...from just 3 bulbs! It amazes me.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Dec 2011, 08:44
I understand that snow in Europe is very scarce this year with many of the ski resorts yet to open. There is some in Scotland but nothing like we had this time last year. Still, let;s hope it comes in time. Hyacinths are very popular for Christmas gifts.
Ginnie Hart: You're right about the snow, Alan, especially for the ski resorts. Too bad. Let's hope something happens soon! We had a good snowfall by Christmas last year and then nothing else the rest of the season. I'm hoping for at least that this year, if not better! Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2011, 09:17
Exquisitely beautiful detail!!! Somehow I'd always associated the tulip with the Dutch..now I'm learning that it's the Hyacinth too?!?!? Always something new - smile!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Marcie, and I know. Now that I've lived here for 2 years, I've been amazed how almost everyone grows orchids on their windowsills all year 'round. That surprised me. And during the winter months, Astrid is like a little girl every time she can bring new hyacinth bulbs home. I've hardly ever seen her do anything with tulips! I guess that tells you everything. smile
  • Olivier
  • Belgium
  • 7 Dec 2011, 09:38
Superb visual creation
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Olivier. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Dec 2011, 09:39
An ancient Greek legend describes the origin of the Hyacinth. Two of the gods, Apollo and Zephyr, adored a handsome young Greek called Hyakinthos. Apollo was teaching Hyakinthos the art of throwing a discus.
Zephyr, who was the god of the west wind, was overcome with jealousy and he blew the discus back. It struck Hyakinthos on the head and killed him. From his blood grew a flower, which the sun god Apollo named after him.

A wind and weather story smile
Ginnie Hart: What a story, Louis! Who would have known...except you. smile Thanks for sharing it.
Lovely texture, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Tom.
I noticed a hyacinth has just popped through in a pot at a friends house yesterday. They are beautiful and smell so wonderful.

I just love your shot, Ginnie - so clear and detailed.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mary. I have a feeling they're popping up all over the world these days (with over 2000 varieties, right?).
  • Mats
  • sweden
  • 7 Dec 2011, 09:42
Very very nice macro, great capture!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
I like hyacinths for their look, hate their smell
Ginnie Hart: The smell is definitely over-powering, Chantal! smile
Lovely plants they brighten up the darkest days.

I believe that your people had to resort to eating their tulip bulbs in WW2. Though please read the warning foot note to the recipe! http://magazine.dutchancestrycoach.com/whats-cooking-tulip-bulbs
Ginnie Hart: Unbelievable, Martin. I'll show this to Astrid later. I bet she knows about this. WOW.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 7 Dec 2011, 10:44
This certainly is a glamorous plant that simply oozes class.
Ginnie Hart: Now that's a good way to put it, Chad! Thank you.
The hyacinth is a wonderful plant Ginnie. A great picture.
Ginnie Hart: I so agree, Frances, and thank you.
excellent
great work of art!!
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Rob. Thank you.
A very nice study presented like this Ginnie. Maureen often has Hyacinths growing indoors in the winter months.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Brian. Maureen and Astrid would have a lot to talk about, I'm sure. smile
  • rian
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2011, 14:13
very nice combination of warm & cool lights in this shot of yours.. well done.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Rian.
I always remember doing a paper round early in the morning and the smell of the hyacinths was so beautiful. I tried them once myself indoors but they went too leggy. I'll give it another go perhaps. Yours is looking sturdy and full of promise. Nice capture Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: The secret is adding sticks/stakes to prop/wire them up, Janet! At least that's what Astrid does. Try it and see if that works. Thanks a million.
What a beautiful shot! Love those colors and the way you've framed this image. Very nice!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jimi.
Wonderful detail and colour, nicely captured as ever Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • Bandoras
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2011, 16:46
Love the treatment here Ginnie with the flower on a black background smile !!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Bandoras. Truth be known, the background was the black screen of our wide-screen TV. smile
  • Bandoras
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2011, 17:05
LOL !! Its all about making the best use of the the tools and environment !
Ginnie Hart: I guess so, Bandoras! smile Thanks.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 7 Dec 2011, 17:34
this is spectacular ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thank you, Maria!
Did you know that everyone can write Wikipedia?
I actually wrote that line.
Can you believe it?! wink

So did you instruct A to hold a black cardboard or something for you? wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! Yes, I believe it, LC. smile To be honest, the black screen of our TV was in the background, which really helped!!!
Now that would be heavenly... an entire house full of sweet smelling hyacinths. I can just imagine the delight Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: To be honest, Doug, I don't think I could handle more than the one plant (3 bulbs) that's going right now. It's very powerful and our apartment is very small. smile But it's wonderful. Thanks.
That's what I think also, must have some down south for Christmassmile Nice detail.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, John. Atlanta would usually get at least one dusting a year when, of course, all traffic went haywire! One year we even had a blizzard, 1993. I'll never forget that. I loved it, having been raised in Michigan. smile
Good close up Ginnie, works well against the black background.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Les. That black background is our TV screen. smile
Lovely detail, color and composition Ginnie! Hope you are doing wellsmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Pavan, and YES! smile
a very early herald of spring! I bet you had it 'on a glass'!
Ginnie Hart: An early herald of spring all winter long, Wim!
Sorry, did only now read your tag. Do people do this in the States: grow hyaciths in winter in the house?
Ginnie Hart: Astrid has shown me the vase she uses for "on a glass," which she is planning to use one of these days. That will be fun to see. smile
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 8 Dec 2011, 12:19
Nice details and super colours. Have a nice day
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Oscar. Gracias.
What a beautiful close-up. It almost blows the eyes out of you. Great colours, good use of shallow depth of field and well composed. What more can one ask for?
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind and generous, Otto. Thank you.
awesome macro, special composition with isolation of subject
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Fabrizio. Grazie.
I looked your photos of Lofoten.
I went in September.
beautiful shot,the colors are perfect.
Ginnie Hart: Lofoten is something else, Sylvie, isn't it! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting here.
Hooray for Astrid's green thumb and your deftness with the camera... and hers too...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Larry, for the compliment to us both! smile
What's most amazing to me is the angular nature of these buds. I tend to think of flowers as round and curvy, but your photo shows the buds as "squared off" - and just fascinating.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Linda. It surprised me, too! smile Thank you kindly for your comments.
Superb shot, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Jozica.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 11 Dec 2011, 21:10
So nicely placed Ginnie to give all that black negative space.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, George. These hyacinths grow so quickly, they need all the space they can get. grin

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