Welcome to April everyone! How can we go past hyacinth this month? Coming into the markets in the last couple of weeks - it's one of my favourites!
Hyacinths, like tulips and daffodils, grow from a bulb, and come in lots of beautiful colours like red, blue, white, orange, pink, violet,and yellow. Each colour has a meaning - blue means constancy, purple means please forgive me, and white means beauty.
And here's a story for you!
"Hyacinth was a beautiful youth loved by both the god Apollo and the West Wind, Zephyr. Apollo and Hyacinth took turns at throwing the discus. Hyacinth ran to catch it to impress Apollo, but he was struck by the discus as it fell to the ground, and died. A twist in the tale makes the wind god Zephyrus responsible for the death of Hyacinth.
The youth's beauty caused a feud between Zephyrus and Apollo. Jealous that Hyacinth preferred the radiant archery god Apollo, Zephyrus blew Apollo's discus off course, so as to injure and kill Hyacinth. Apollo did not allow Hades to claim Hyacinth. Instead, Apollo made a flower, the hyacinth, from Hyacinth's spilled blood."
But, who of course can forget the most famous Hyacinth of them all!
Happy Easter Everyone from Hyacinth!! xx