Wednesday, February 1, 2012


The themometer says 70 degrees, but it is February 1st on the mid-east coast.  Did someone move the hemisphere when I wasn't looking?  Hubby brought home this beautiful Hyacinth (from the latin Asparagaceae)  and the fragrance has filled my home like none other.  It is rather intoxicating! 
And for your February 1st trivia did you know...

Hyacinth was a beautiful youth loved by both the god Apollo and the West Wind, Zephyr. Apollo and Hyacinth took turns at throwing the discus. Hyacinth ran to catch it to impress Apollo, but he was struck by the discus as it fell to the ground, and died.[5] A twist in the tale makes the wind god Zephyrus responsible for the death of Hyacinth.[6] The youth's beauty caused a feud between Zephyrus and Apollo. Jealous that Hyacinth preferred the radiant archery god Apollo, Zephyrus blew Apollo's discus off course, so as to injure and kill Hyacinth. Apollo did not allow Hades to claim Hyacinth. Instead, Apollo made a flower, the hyacinth, from Hyacinth's spilled blood.

Now you know,
Happy February,

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