Here are a few fun facts that every hyacinth lover should know (like me).
1. One Hellas legend tells about the former significance of god Hyacinth. Over time, his fame faded, but the legend of Apollo and Hyacinth was the most important in the history of the appearance of flowers. Cute boy Hyacinth, the son of the Spartan king, was a favorite of the radiant god Apollo. Once, during their traditional sports, Apollo inadvertently threw the disc and it went straight at Hyacinth. Where the red blood of a young man dropped on the ground, fragrant lilac-pink flowers eventually grew. Miniature Lilies collected grief and sorrow of Apollo in their petals.
2. Another legend tells us about Odysseus and Ajax, who both stated their demands on the sword of Achilles after he died. The elders recognized the right of Odysseus. It's so shocked Ajax, that without hesitation he plunged his sword at his chest. The drops of his blood sprouted hyacinth.
3. How the hyacinth spread over Europe. Initially, Muscari, or grape hyacinth, was just in the gardens of the East - in its birthplace. A little later, this gentle messenger of spring appeared in the Ottoman Empire, Austria, Holland, and then spread throughout Europe. It happened in the XVII century. Ship with flower bulbs sank off the coast of Holland, and in the spring, when they have sprouted on the banks by the waves, it was a real miracle! Just at that time, in 1734, the world needed a new favorite flower, and hyacinths were just the one.
4. For centuries the Dutch developed the breeding of new varieties of this flower. At first, nothing happened, hyacinths were not growing, but the will of the case failed to "tame" this whimsical fragile "prince". When the mouse gnawed bulbs at the bottom, people discovered that in the damaged area new bulbs began to appear. Since then breeding "of murine peas" occurs only by removing "bottoms." The Germans, despite their stiffness and aloofness, are too addicted to the cultivation of flowers. In the second half of the XVIII century, with the help of gardener David Boucher, in Germany, breeding hyacinths became a fashion boom! Even the King Friedrich Wilhelm III personally took care of these flowers in his palace. The French were more insidious, and used hyacinth for intoxication and poisoning unpleasant people with them. Beautiful bouquet of these lovely plants was sprayed with poison and put in the boudoir of a "victim".
5. The hyacinth is a plant from the asparagus family.
6. From a distance, they look almost like a large lollipop or a stick of carnival cotton candy. But up close you can see that the hyacinth is made up of clusters of teeny tiny blossoms that look like stars.
6. Hyacinths come in several colors, but the classic deep purple hyacinth is said to symbolize deep sorrow or regret. The white flower stands for love and prayer.
7. Like many flowers, hyacinths are toxic to dogs and cats. They can even cause an upset stomach in some humans if they're digested so it's best to them away from young children.
8. The scent of hyacinth varies depending on its color! A bouquet of hyacinths in various colors will act as a natural room freshener.
Today is also Arbor Day as well as national Kinds And Pets Day. Lots to celebrate today and all weekend long. Whatever your plans are, please stay safe. Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me this morning. Please join me again on Monday when I'll begin a brand new week of brand new blogs! Until then,