Hyacinth

Hyacinths are ever-popular bulbs for garden and indoor forcing. The large flowers and heady fragrance are well-known to gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Even children come to know them.


The name is said to have been inspired by a much-loved young athlete, Hyakinthos, who was hit and killed by a stray discus while foolishly trying to catch it. Of course, the discus was not blown off course by accident; Zephyr did it. The flowers miraculously sprouted from the blood of Hyakinthos.


Since that time, safer plastic discs have been developed. Still, Zephyr is often blamed for bad throws in disc golf.


To learn more, read our article Fragrant, Full-bodied Hyacinths.

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