Left to right: narcissus “Ice Follies”, Muscari armeniacum, hyacinth “White festival”, Scilla bifolia, Narcissus “Cragford”, crocus “Jeanne d’Arc”, blue hyacinth (might be “Blue Star”)
April means the first cut flowers from the garden. A bit of beauty in the middle of the dining table and a cloud of sweet scent – it makes me happy. Last Saturday I gathered all the different kinds of spring bulbs from our garden and put them in individual vases on the mantelpiece to show them off.
In November last year I planted some bulbs in one of the beds in the kitchen garden specifically for picking (daffodils, tulips and alliums) and the daffodils are flowering now.
As always, I favour scented varieties and the “Cragford” in this arrangement has a wonderful scent.
The scent of the hyacinths is even headier. My mom was once given a pot of flowering hyacinths for her small office and they had such a presence that she got a headache and had to move them to a bigger, better ventilated room.
Luckily the scent does not bother me – on the contrary. I often sniff the flowers in passing to enjoy them all I can. I hope you have some lovely scented flowers in your life, too!