9 Apr 2013

A - Z Challenge - H



Hyacinthus comosus. Honest.

The robust bulbous plant Hyacinthus produces two types of luminescent flowers—the lower yellow-brown flowers are fertile, whereas the upper flowers blue-violet bell-shaped flowers are sterile. It prefers to grow on sandy slopes. The annual blue spring garden flower hyacinth with its heady scent and huge bloom must be related to the wild plant. It can be relied on to bloom year after year, giving honest enjoyment to all who pass by.

If you hold nothing back, you are said to be honest. That means speaking the truth, whether the fact be good or bad. Like the Czechoslovakian story of Good King Winceslas. The good king's generous love extended to rich and poor alike as he tried to stop war. The holy martyr died trying to save his people, honest to the end. 


Proverb: Honesty is the best policy.

22 comments:

  1. You photo makes the hyacinth look clear and pure, just as true honesty is.

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  2. I love knowing the meaning behind the flowers, whether I will remember what all the flowers are at the end of the month will be another matter.

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    1. The official names are way too complicated to remember.

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  3. they are so pretty. My folks had some in PA at one time. Not so much in Texas - too hot I think. I am enjoying your flower theme.

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    1. I have a garden variety of hyacinth coming into flower right now. Friends gave me the bulb four years ago and it flowers every year.

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  4. Pretty flower and one that we don't have in our garden!

    Rosalind Adam is Writing in the Rain

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    1. So lovely. Well, we can't have everything. After all, they ARE wildflowers.

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  5. This is such a great theme! I don't think I've ever seen a hyacinth before. Odd, but true.

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    1. Glad I could acquaint you with the flower.

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  6. They're so pretty! Congratulations on your new book! I saw the cover today on DDP.

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    1. Thanks, Michael. Two more books to come after Golden Submarine.

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  7. How very lovely that Hyacinth means honest...makes me smile. This reminds me of the movie Kate & Leopold, where Leo knew what all the flowers meant and that a gentleman needed to choose the flower that expressed how he saw the woman he was courting. Quite romantic.

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    1. Bring back the days of gentlemanly manners I say. ;-)

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  8. Waiting for ours to come up. Been a long winter. Their colours are so vibrant

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    1. Even though we had the coldest winter for 100 years, one hyasinth is in bud.

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  9. Lovely flowers! You're right- honesty is the best policy! Thanks for stopping by my blog this morning.

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  10. I've always loved purple flowers, they are so pretty.

    Dark Thoughts Blog

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    1. Deep blue or purple flowers are wonderful--and rare in the flower kingdom.

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  11. I never knew the flower on the bottom were fertile- I thought they were that color because they had died! Who knew? (I mean, aside from you, obviously!)

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  12. These are so delicate and beautiful looking and the colour is stunning!

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