About to bloom – Pink Hyacinth

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I took this photo of some of my Pink Hyacinth when it was just getting ready to bloom. This was mid-April … of course it’s been blooming it’s pretty little head off and smelling up my yard with it’s heady perfume for about two weeks now.

I have several clusters of Hyacinth growing in my back and front garden beds. Most of them are pink or purple, but I have a few that are a soft peach in color.

It’s been warm here in Toronto the last few days so we’ve had the windows and doors open and every once in a while (especially early morning and late at night) the smell of the hyacinths will come indoors. It’s lovely.

Do you grow Hyacinths too?





Blooming Purple Balloon Flower

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My Balloon flowers are happy this summer – at the least the deep blue/ purple ones are anyways! They’re taller than normal and blooming like crazy!

They’re such interesting flowers. They’re called Balloon flowers because as the flower buds develop they look like balloons (yes the buds are hollow and the petals unfold when they bloom). The flowers only last a day or so, but there’s always new ones to take their place.

I have some Balloon flowers growing in my front garden bed and admirers walking by my house often as about these unusual flowers. I think I’ll be dividing some of the plants this fall to give away to friends!

Alium buds beginning to bloom

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Alium are such strange flowers … they are part of the onion family, but of course the ones we grow in our garden are ornamental and I’m sure are inedible.

These Alium tend to bloom at the end of June for me, but this year we’ve had a cooler than normal summer so they didn’t start to bloom until maybe the second week of July! Either way, we enjoyed seeing them … too bad they only bloom once.

Grape Hyacinth

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I love these tiny Spring flowers. From a distance they appear to be purple, but when you get up close or take a macro photograph like the one above each tiny blossom appears to be more of a Sapphire blue. Lovely.