Saturday, March 31, 2012

Hyacinth to Feed The Soul

"If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,

And of thy slender stores 

two loaves alone to thee are left,

Sell one, and with the dole

Buy hyacinth to feed thy soul"

"Hyacinth to Feed Thy Soul" 
13th century Persian poet 
Moslih Eddin Saadi
From his book "Gulistan"
("The Rose Garden")

Hyacinth certainly do feed my soul. They are the first herald of spring and warmth in my garden.

I love their sweet fragrance. They grow in so many fresh colors.

I can never have enough hyacinth, short-lived though they are, and I can never buy as many as I want, however drastically I deplete my "slender stores" to acquire them.

Hyacinth in the herb garden brighten my way to the back door.

Thanks to
   Words From the Heart
for the poem


  1. What beautiful blooms. Wish I could grow them down here, but alas. Enjoy their fleeting beauty and scent.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

  2. Thank you, FlowerLady.
    Growing hyacinth is one perk for living where winter is cold.

  3. Sandra, your hyacinths are truly lovely! My favorite is the light pink variety. I really love the photo showing the hyacinths in your herb garden. It must be very nice to come out of the back door and see a scene like this!

  4. Thank you, Christina.
    Hyacinth make it in our tough land. Tulips seem to languish, and daffodils never "naturalize" as they are supposed to. Our winters are so dry, though the last two winters I have been supplementing water in some beds, so there are actually a few Darwin tulips popping through!
    Hyacinth are reliable, though they are slow to multiply. My oldest clump is about 12 years old, and it grows just a little thicker as the years progress.

  5. Hello, Sandra!
    Your spring flowers look wonderful! I love the hyacinth, it must be so fragrant.

  6. It is wonderfully fragrant. Thank you, Sandra.