I rescued these blue hyacinths from being swallowed whole by my Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae.
I initially put my three spikes of hyacinth in a glass jar with some Primula vulgaris. And it looked like this:
But I wondered if they might look better in separate jars, like this:
I think I prefer them separate. I think I get sensory overload from mingled blooms. It feels like the flowers can stretch out and breathe too.
Also I like to examine flowers up close. I like the greenish tinge on the unopened hyacinths:
The buds look almost lumpen, but this is because the mature flowers will have structure and strength. Adolescence is tricky, but temporary!
Whilst primroses seem to manage to look perfect from infancy through to old age. Look at the newly opened flower on the left:
And the more papery, beautifully veined older flower below:
Finally, look at the stems. How do primroses even stand up on these little pins? Whilst hyacinths are held on good solid tree trunks.
Hyacinths also have lovely glossy tights:
Hyacinths perfume a whole room, whilst you have to get close to breathe in the scent of primroses.
Purple hyacinths and buttermilk primroses are opposites in many ways, but work well together. They benefit from wiggle room, and can then snuggle in at the end of the day.
Do you like my little jars, by the way? I love them. They held gifts of homemade jam and chutney, and are the perfect size for a small post of spring blooms.
So there is my ‘In a vase on Monday’. If you follow that link you can visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, to see what other people have found this morning!