Thursday, January 03, 2008


This is the cognate to Hyacinth, once a masculine name in our culture. The story of Hyacinth was in the past well known to schoolkids. In The Princess Casamassima, there's a Hyacinth. Anyhow, just as the leaves from the ornamental pear tree around which they're planted are halfway fallen, we see the first appearance of several hyacinth leaves. I think there are some on the oak motte, too, but somebody else thinks those are something else altogether, lycoris squamigera or amaryllis hallii, which does bloom for us every once in a while.


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