The hyacinth is referenced in Ancient Greek mythology. According to the legend, a young Hyacinth was killed when Apollo and Zephyrus were fighting over his affections. It is said hyacinths sprung up from his spilled blood.
In terms of their origins, it is believed the hyacinth was first grown in Constantinople in the sixteenth century. They were later introduced to Europe where hyacinth-lovers bred many new varieties and developed different colours of the fragrant flower. Today, these flowers are mainly grown in Holland.
Scientific name: Hyacinthaceae
Common name: Hyacinth
Vase life: Approx. 7-10 days
Colour range: Pure white, cream, salmon, china blue, deep blue, light blue, cerise pink, lilac
Please note: Hyacinth bulbs can irritate the skin so it is advisable to wear gloves when handling them.
For the HomeHyacinths look beautiful when arranged in a simple vase or jug. If you would like to introduce other flowers, team them with another seasonal favourite like anemones or tulips. Hyacinths are also a good flower for low arrangements since the stems are not very long.
The delicate shades and scents of hyacinths make them a popular flower for spring weddings. The flowers lend themselves better to vase arrangements and bridal bouquets as their fleshy stems can make them difficult to anchor into floral foam.
"Hyacinths make a wonderful choice for the spring bride and work particularly well in wedding bouquets when combined with other seasonal flowers such as stocks and hydrangeas. Their intense, sweet fragrance will add another dimension to your bridal bouquet and leave a lovely scent as you walk down the aisle."Karen Barnes, Wedding Flowers Expert.
The Meaning of Hyacinth
Different coloured hyacinths carry different meanings. Pink hyacinths mean 'playful joy' while the purple flowers symbolise 'deep regret' and white represents love and prayer.
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