"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Hyacinth Blue

The flower stalk on my blue hyacinth has peaked!

Rober Furber, early 18th century nurseryman and flower cataloguer, was the first person to recommend growing bulbs in glass containers of water.

Because, he declared, it is the "neater and cleaner way and more acceptable to the Fair Sex who must be pleased to see a Garden growing, and exposing all the Beauties of its Spring Flowers with the most delicious perfumes thereof, in their Chambers or Parlours."

And I can attest that the perfume is quite delicious!

The monthly floral prints from Furber's famous work The Flower Garden Display'd (1732) are some of the most familiar flower art around. Here's "February," with a blue hyacinth simliar to mine!

After lots and lots of rain, we got a dusting of snow overnight. It's already gone.

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