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Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Sweet Fragrance

My flower for today is Hyacinthus orientalis, a spring flowering bulb, native to the southwestern parts of Asia, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria. France cultivated it for its contribution to the perfume industry and it became a part of the Netherlands famous flower bulb industry.


It will only continue to come up in areas where it will have a season of cold.

It is hard for me to turn down a fragrant flower. Hyacinthus orientalis is not only constant with its heady fragrance but I find it enchanting with its layers of glistening succulent perianths.

Hyacinthus orientalis are a great bulb for forcing but I am not that well disciplined and so prefer to bring in pots of them from the garden during their normal bloom time.

Once inside however and they quickly fill out, it is a hard give and take, for if left inside they are done well before their outdoor counterparts.

Making both Fluffy and I greatful for warm sunny spring days on which we can stretch out and enjoy the fragrance and beauty of the outdoors.

It can't help but bring a smile to our faces, a quicker beat to our hearts and a faithful gaze to the future.

For the Lord, through the reoccuring of beauty from winter's death, assures me again of His faithfulness to His children, to those who adore Him.

Lord God, you bring such a gentle peace to my spirit, a time of quite and calm when I need it the most.

You alone dear Lord have brought comfort:
You alone dear Savior have given me a living coolness that indeed slakes my thirst,
O Holy Spirit, Teacher and Counselor, you have brought warmth to console my weary frozen bones,
You alone Father, Creator and Maker of the whole earth, possess the richness and depth to enliven my mind, waft divine fragrance to clear and calm my heart.

For you and you alone, o Holy God have the consistency to strengthen my soul.


Your fragrance bathes me and makes me new.




Please Dear Reader, enjoy the day God has brought to you and take sometime to visit other corners of the world and the flowers that grow there.


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26 comments:

Leora said...

Your hyacinth photos are truly beautiful. I have a few in my yard. But your pics make yours glow. Wonderful varied hues.

Mildred said...

What a pretty post with beautiful words Lanny. I've never had hyacinths growing but yours are so bright and cheerful and oh, how sweet Fluffy looks! I helped Nalley plant 12 veggie plants so that he still has "a garden" this year. Hoping he just enjoys the caretaking and the time outside with them.

Kendris said...

Beautiful flowers and words to accompany them. Thanks for sharing!

Maria said...

What amazing flowers and colours! I can smell the fragrance right now :)
Beautiful post!

Arija said...

Hyacinths, although they only flower for a short time have such a wonderful perfume that one cannot resist growing them for that alone let alone their beauty. Lovely photos that truly show your love for them.

Naturegirl said...

Beautiful flower and praise to our Lord. Love the doggy too! A lover of flowers animals and of course our Lord! Happy today! :)NG

Day4plus said...

ou sent the scents right through the computer screen. I love them too. MB

Sherry said...

These are so pretty. I love that peach color with the purple. Great photos!

Susie said...

I love hyacinths for their beauty and wonderful fragrance.

Carol............. said...

Your always take such good photos!

We're heading back to Washington tomorrow morning...YES!

Ladynred said...

These are beautiful flowers and so the word of God! I can smell the flowers.
http://agring.blogspot.com/2009/04/mini-dwarf-iris.html

Don said...

I can smell those flowers!

Having lived in Turkey for three years, I can tell you that the Turks have a little bit of anger/jealousy that the Dutch stole their flower industry! The Turkish Sultans would give a king's ransom for new varieties of tulips.

Tulip said...

what a beautiful lovely flowers. nice shots. thanks for sharing.

Denise said...

All your hyacinth photos are exquisite and I also love your dear little dog. Thank you for visiting my blog, and thank you also very much for participating in Today's Flowers.

Vicky said...

thank God for creating such wonderful and exquisite flowers for us to enjoy!

mimi said...

i love all your flower entries but i love most the violet one cause violet color is my favorite. thanks for sharing.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

wow are they ever gorgeous! and the smell almost comes through the computer screen. thanks for sharing your bounty honey!

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

Those are such lovely photos. Not only can you write well and weave a story, you can grow pretty things! You're a multi-talented gal. I enjoyed this post greatly.

Quiet Paths said...

Wonderful captures of a favorite of mine. Gorgeous colors and you have such a variety. Really they are stunning.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I love the scent of hyacinths. I think I'll try some in a pot like you did. Your pictures are great!

Reader Wil said...

Lovely post and a tribute to the Lord and creator of this all. The colours of these hyacinths are unusual. I have the blue variant in my garden but the others very pretty too and I never saw the beige one. Thanks Lanny for sharing.

KathyB. said...

Love the Hyacinths. ours our all blooming and the whole front of the house is fragrant! I have never seen the peach colored hyacinths.And I had a blessedly wonderful weekend which I thank God for!

VALKYRIEN said...

What great shots of this beautiful flower! I am used to having them during Christmas, the fragrance is so lovely!

Tipper said...

For some reason-I've never had good luck growing hyacinths-but yours are lovely.


I think I'm going to try the pinapple bread thing-as soon as I can-looked so yummy.

fishing guy said...

Lanny: Beuatiful post on a neat Spring flower that always puts on a great show.

Daisy said...

So gorgeous, Lanny, and I can almost smell their fragrance from here. I love hyacinths. :)