Title: American homes and gardens
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Identifier: americanhomesgar81911newy (find matches)
Year: 1905 (1900s)
Subjects: Architecture, Domestic; Landscape gardening
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
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400 AMERICAN HOMES AND GARDENS November, 1911
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Of all bulb flowers of early springtime, none are more beautiful than the lovely fragrant Hyacinth The Hyacinth By Gardner Teall Photographs by Nathan R. Graves P% VER since the lovely Hyacinth was introduced by seedlings and hybrids from the Oriental Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis) of the Levant, as long ago as the year 1590, it has held a warm spot in the hearts of all garden lovers, not alone in the affections of the Dutch florists, who have brought it to such perfection, but quite as much in those of American amateurs, who have found it a flower of surpassing beauty, color and fragrance in the early spring garden. Likewise, the Hyacinth has come to be one of the favorite bulb plants for indoor bloom —probably the most popular one of all. Of Hyacinths there are many varieties, from the exquisite little Amethyst Hyacinth of Europe, with its brilliant azure of pellucid hue and its exquisite fragrance, to the great, fat, wonderful ones that have helped to make the gardens of Holland famous and gorgeous. There is not a more beau- tiful flowering bulb to be found for the purpose of planting for naturalistic effects for lawn, field, meadow, wood, hill- side or rockery. The traveler in Europe finds joyous de- light in coming upon the Hyacinth in its native haunts. One will find it in Greece and in Sicily, and sometimes in Capri, wild upon the mountain-top. The flower takes its name from Hyacinthus, son of the Spartan king, Amyclos, who was killed when playing quoits with the god, Zephyrus, through the treachery of the jealous Apollo. The old Greek legend has it that from the blood of Hyacinthus there sprang up a flower to bear his name, on the leaves of which appeared the exclamation of woe, AI, AI. There is no reason why we should feel that we live in so practical an age that while we busy ourselves with the prose of flowers we have not time for the poetry of their love. Indeed, it is hard to understand how anyone who loves a garden and the plants therein can fail to take an interest in everything, legendary or otherwise, pertaining to each of them. I know one possessor of a perfect garden who has placed hither and thither among his beloved plants little quotations from the poets, classic and modern, as well as labels to mark them. When his brilliant Hyacinth beds are in bloom they are marked, as one might guess, with this quotation from old Omar Khayyam: I sometimes think that never blows so red The rose as when some buried Caesar bled; That every Hyacinth the Garden wears Dropt in her lap from some once lovely head. It happens that this friend's Hyacinths are planted around and among his choicest roses, and, of course, with the pass- ing of the fragrant flowers of spring the quatrain remains appropriate to the charms of the roses that unfold their wonderful buds throughout their season. Single Hyacinths invariably succeed better, although many amateurs are just as successful in raising double ones. Whites, blues, pinks, reds, purples and creamy yellows are the colors of the Hyacinth, but of them all the white is the most beautiful, though amateur gardeners are apt to make the mistake of passing it up for the more showy varieties.
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