Sunday, May 15, 2011

My Favorite Spring Flower: Grape Hyacinth

The Grape Hyacinth (Muscari) has long been my favorite Spring flower.  I love their bright purple-blue color and I love, love, love their scent.  Oh my gosh, it's intoxicating.  Looking at these photos, I can almost smell it. 
The flowers may be small, but clustered tightly together they can have a big impact.
Grape Hyacinths have always reminded me of my Grandma.  I can remember her cutting them for me and wrapping them in a damp paper towel so I could take them home.  You know how a certain scent can bring you back to a memory?  That's what the smell of Grape Hyacinths do to me - they bring me right back to her kitchen.
{ my nightstand }
Growing in my Mom's yard:
And a few in mine:
Grape Hyacinths are grown from bulbs and can be planted in the Fall.  If you'd like to learn more about Grape Hyacinths check out this link
Do you have a favorite Spring flower?
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Sherri said...

Alissa, isn't it funny how a certain scent can remind us of certain people that are either in our life or had been in our life! I love grape hyacinths! Those pictures are beautiful!

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Alissa-

I love anything purple and have these growing in my backyard. They came up in April and are gone now. I will have to wait again till next year. Your photos as always are fabulous. I am looking forward to when your page on Photography is up. I keep checking. Do you still use a D40? or another camera?

My best- Diane

Wendy said...

Can almost smell them, too! Your photo's are beautiful! Going to need to add some to my fall bulb planting list!

Amanda- Eating in Winnipeg said...

It's my day for a blog hop, I'd love it if you came over and shared one of your great recipes at savory sunday!! Have a great day :)

natasha {schue love} said...

So so beautiful!!! Hope you had a great weekend!

Maria said...

Alissa, these are stunning photos. I love the vibrant purple. Beautiful.

Cocina Diary

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful pics! I love hyacinths and lilacs,Yay Spring!

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Those are gorgeous, Alissa! You are right, their smell is intoxicating! I think peonies are my favorite spring flowers. One of the main reasons is because they remind me of my Grandma too! She had tons growing in her backyard and would always have a freshly picked bouquet on her coffee table.

Cassie said...

I love your flowers, they are beautiful! I have a purple flower growing around my parts, but it is another kind. I am curious to learn what they are now!

x, Cassie

Leah Herrick said...

Lilacs for sure! They smell so good and they are so gorgeous. I love your pictures!

Rene said...

How sweet and what a nice reminder of your family! I love them too and need to start a list of bulbs to plant this fall. Grape hyacinths are at the top of the list.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

They are a fav of mine also. Lovely shades of blue.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

alicia said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous. I can see why.

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

those grow all over my yard :) I just used them in my last post with some muffins I made!

Atelier de Charo said...

Gorgeous flowers!!!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful flowers. Amazing.

Naturally Carol said...

I love the colour of grape hyacinths..that deep lavender contrasts so well with the green of your wall too. They are amazing in bunches!

lisaroyhandbags said...

Your photos are stunning! My favourite spring flower is lilac as it brings back memories of me bringing home bunches for my mom from a vacant lot near our house :)

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Very pretty, I would love to plant more of these we just have one small trough with some in.

Vicki V @ said...

Beautiful, and I love what you said about smells and memories. My favorite spring flower is the lilac. We don't have any in the South, and it makes me very sad. The crepe myrtle is a close cousin in looks but does not have the heady fragrance.


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