Sometimes, it’s not enough to just look good . . . I often want to smell good too. So, maybe the hyacinth is my spirit flower? Is that a thing? I really love the heady fragrance that these flowers produce as they open. One of the most recognizable of spring bulb flowers, a simple bowlful of five or six blooms makes a big impact and can easily perfume an entire room. Hyacinths come in an amazing array of colors too - from soft white to pale pastels to saturated blues and purples. Perfectly suited to placement in entryways and powder rooms, be careful using them in a restaurant setting, where their powerful scent might interfere with other olfactory (i.e. smelly) experiences. Take care when conditioning, handling and arranging hyacinths too, as they are toxic to other flowers and can cause mild skin irritation. If you cut the stem, leave the flowers to condition in water overnight before mixing them into arrangements with other spring flowers (same for daffodils!) Really, you need only rinse the dirt off the stem and bulb and leave the hyacinths to stand in water for a few hours before arranging - the flower will last longer without cutting.
Till next time,