Winter - Hyacinths and Paperwhite Daffodils

agardenforthehouse photograph

agardenforthehouse photograph by Lawrence Morgan

A good thing about winter in Kansas

When I first moved to KU as a freshman in Pearson Scholarship Hall, I decided to walk downtown (no one had a car then). It was after the first of January, and like a lot of people, I felt somewhat discouraged with winter, studies and the weather.

While downtown, without having anything special in mind, I went into several stores (Lawrence was much more diverse than where I grew up in Hutchinson). I experienced what I had not seen before - hyacinths and paperwhite daffodils, blooming in January.

I bought several of these and took them back to Pearson, where they bloomed for weeks. In the meantime, I had bought morel For me, this was a totally new experience, and it really helped get through the studies that winter.

But then I went into the Army and into life, and I forgot about them for many years.

I realized recently, when a friend was very ill, that somehow I had forgotten completely about hyacinths and paperwhite daffodils in the wintertime. I went out and bought several for her. It made her suffering so much the better just to see them on her window sill.

Then - a day or so ago - I found this video posted on the BBC. I had to share it with you. It may be that others, too, have never had this experience.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21032002

Another website tells a bit of the story of hyacinths in Europe. There are special forcing glasses, known for centuries, which are used to make the bulbs to bloom.

http://www.kennemerend.nl/

Whether you are male or female, hyacinths are very special at this time of year. They can make a joy out of studying, or for a person who is ill, for example, they can provide real joy at a very low price.

I found at Pearson Scholarship Hall that it was not usual for men to have hyacinths in the room. But later, other men got them as well.

They make a wonderful gift at a very inexpensive price.

The Doors

And although Hyacinth House by The Doors really doesn't have much to do with hyacinths, it also is a song I have long forgotten. Two versions follow.

First, the version from the album L.A. Woman:

And next a fantasy version, which I actually like very much.

Have you had any great experiences with hyacinths in the winter? Don't hesitate to share them.

naturaliststable photograph

naturaliststable photograph by Lawrence Morgan

Tagged: depression, paperwhite daffodills, The Doors, Netherlands, winter, Pearson Scholarship Hall, forcing jars, hyacinths

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