Photo: Shades of violet

Hyacinth at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

I absolutely love hyacinth (not to be confused with grape hyacinth which is in a different genus). I fell in love with hyacinth and their divine aroma at Filoli. During spring the glass outbuilding on the estate that in years past hosted games of bridge was filled with hyacinth. To walk into the building was as if your olfactory senses had gone to heaven.

I will not likely encounter that hyacinth experience again elsewhere but this year the IMA planted more bulbs than normal. The result: a few more beds filled with hyacinths for a delightful visionary and olfactory feast.

Fond farewell, my fleeting friend the hyacinth! See you next spring.


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