If I have to choose, I would select the Grape Hyacinth as my favorite flower. Beginning from the bulb, so tiny and delicate yet it can brave the harshest Maine winters. Growing to 8 or 9 inches, it is quite small in appearances and it makes up for it’s stature in the most glorious blue shade…. I’m not sure, but I would call it Copenhagen Blue, not an ordinary shade at all.
There are only a few blue flowers that exist therefore this early spring bloom is watched for with great excitement, as it says to me, the gardener, “let the games begin!” I love these small clumps of color that add style to my garden, placed among some treasured rocks….. Ode to Copenhagen Blue……
Delightful and friendly they make my heart merry, Bashful blue they are not.
Smiling, beguiling, winsome and cheery
the color says a lot.
Warm soil, bright sun combine for this one
the blue sparkles all day
Classy and stylish I’d go a mile if
the ash didn’t stand in the way.
Grape Hyacinths are a group of plants in the genus Muscari native to Eurasia that produce spikes of blue flowers resembling bunches of grapes. There are about forty species. In reality, Grape Hyacinths are actually not Hyacinths at all, nor are they, obviously, grapes. Grape Hyacinths are small plants that usually don’t grow more than ten inches tall. They produce blue or purple petals that are fused together and have small white tips, giving them a balloon-like or, well…grape-like appearance. A single grape hyacinth plant doesn’t look like much, but in a mass planting, these small bulbs can be quite impressive.
Some species are among the earliest to bloom in the spring. They are planted as bulbs and tend to multiply quickly (naturalise) when planted in good soils. They prefer well drained sandy soil, that is acid to neutral and not too rich. May be found in woodlands or meadows, they are commonly cultivated in lawns, borders, rock gardens and containers. They require little feeding or watering in the summer, and sun or light shade.
Muscari comosum bulbs are pickled and eaten in Greece under the name βολβοί ([vol’vi] lit. ‘bulbs’) and in the Basilicata and Puglia region of Italy, under the names “lampascioni”, “lampasciuni”, “lamponi”. They are included in the Ark of Taste catalogue of heritage foods.
The Muscari have originated in the old world, from the Mediterranean basin, the Center and South of Europe, Northern Africa, the West, Center and South-West of Asia. The term muscari comes from the Latin muscus, since the scent is said to resemble musk.
Information from Wikipedia and Central Park Flowers.