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Friday, 14 May 2010

Grape Hyacinth - Pärlhyacint

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Grape Hyacinth - Muscari – Pärlhyacint

The Swedish name means “pearl hyacinth”.
The Latin name Muscari has to do with the scent said to be resembling musk.

Some species are among the earliest to bloom in the spring. They are planted as bulbs and tend to multiply quickly in well drained sandy soil. May be found in woodlands or meadows, and commonly cultivated in lawns, borders, rock gardens etc.

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I’ve sometimes had these on my balcony in the early spring, together with daffodils.
The second photo from my (previous) balcony in 2007.

Yellow and blue are the colours of our Swedish flag.

Blue and yellow have been used as Swedish colours for more than 700 years. According to legend, the Swedish king ‘Eric the Holy’ saw a golden cross in the sky as he landed in Finland during the First Swedish Crusade in the 1150s. Seeing this as a sign from God, King Eric adopted the golden cross against a blue background as his banner. (Historians however debate whether  even the crusade ever took place.)

Now this may sound like something every Swedish person would know. As a matter of fact though, I’m not sure I ever heard that legend until I read it just now in the Wikipedia article!

5 comments:

Ginny said...

These hyacinhs are spectacular and the color is just amazing. I have never seen these!! I think I'll look them up and see if there are any around here. I'm so glad you posted the link to your flag! Of course I didn't know what it looks like, and was delighted to see it. It's really pretty. I love the colors of blue and yellow, and these two flowers look stunning together. You may think my post today is Coltsfoot, but think again.

Sandra said...

first let me say the color is just way to perfect a color of blue. wonderful. and I LOVE the name Pärlhyacint it looks like the flower should be called that and much more romantic to me than our English name. thanks for all the info, i love hearing things from you i have never heard and never wood if not for your blog.

rae said...

The hyacinths look so... fit! If I were a few years younger I'd probably try to eat one.

Glennis said...

Blue and yellow so vivid, can only be a sunny spring day.

GB said...

That picture is almost 3D, Monica. The hyacinths jump out quite spectacularly.

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