Monday, April 14, 2008

Bluer Than Blue

grape hyacinths in our front yard

I like blue. If you don’t like blue flowers, I think grape hyacinths will convince you to appreciate them. And I find them bluer than blue. In addition, these bulbs are easy to grow. Just some soil (they grow in all types), water and you’ll have a mass of blue in your garden come springtime. They multiply on their own easily and are robust bulbs which can withstand winter, so you’ll have a growing blue patch of blossoms in your garden every year. The flowers last a long time making them truly excellent plants for spring when there aren’t that many flowers yet to give color to your garden.

If you try to narrow your eyes into a slit, a cluster of grape hyacinths resembles a small pond of water with their leaves as aquatic plants breaking out of the water’s surface. With a soft sigh of the wind, they wave gracefully in the air… like ripples of water mesmerizing you into a kind of trance, undulating with each gust of the wind. Its blueness invites you take a dip and immersed yourself in its calming swell, enveloping you in a soothing embrace.

They also provide a good backdrop for a bunch of daffodils or yellow tulips for their relaxing color is a good contrast to the warm hue of the latter. They also attract insects, so they are not only useful for pollination purposes but also animates your garden. It is said that in some part of Italy and Greece, the bulbs are eaten. Well, I think I would prefer to plant them so I will have my own little piece of blue haven even on a gray day.


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