Tuesday, February 2, 2010


What color is a hyacinth?

Let's look, really look, at this amazing beauty. Look at the different colors within each flower. There is sky blue at the very base of the outside of the flower. It's the kind of blue you would see if you tilted your head way back on a cool March day and looked deep into the sky behind your kite..... cool, crisp, beautiful blue!

The blue melts into pale violet at the top of the petals. Then deep in the recesses at the center of the petals, where only the honeybees are privileged to go, deep, mysterious violet. Imagine the smell, now. Imagine the fun of being a honeybee, crawling into violet, your head swimming with that wonderful smell. ( Can honeybees smell?)

Now look at the green. Our eyes really miss this color in the winter. And our eyes feast on this color in the spring. We can't get enough of it. We greet each little nub of green in the garden with exclamations.

Now, burgundy. Clever, clever Nature....how did you think of putting violet and burgundy together? I like this combination in the garden so much that I planted my peonies next to hyacinth. The vigorous burgundy shoots of the peony among the hyacinth flowers look gorgeous.

Mmmmmm. I just had a good color snack! How about you?


Ravenhill said...

Thank you for helping us to see the nuances in color of these amazingly beautiful blossoms.

KeLLy aNN said...

I can't wait to get Our garden going this spring...and Such Beautiful pictures!

Appleshoe said...

Thank you for that beautiful breath of spring air and color. I’ve been anxiously waiting to see if my crocus bulbs made it. Sigh* six more weeks of winter.

Phyllis said...

Wow, nature study done at its best.
Who could not be interested in this now?

softearthart said...

How beautiful Mother Nature is, I have just received some gorgeous violet carded wool for my needle felting. I know the color will inspires me, as it is the color of these hyacinths. Cheers Marie

Beth said...

I feel like I am rushing spring a wee bit by having these hyacinths in the house. It smells like Easter. But how good for me it is to smell and see them! Beth

boatbaby said...

Beautiful description! We love hyacinths as well -- here is a fun craft we did with ours last year!

Beth said...

Great craft, Boatbaby! I loved it! Beth

*erin* said...

I LOVE hyacinth! I have a couple hot pink beauties blooming in my kitchen, my kids ask to smell them daily:)

Gabriele Kubo said...

Dear Beth,

I am so happy to read your sensitive words about the colors of flowers!! Actually I am right now writing on my book about this theme. Its the theme which is closest to my heart. I am often feeling like I am overemphasizing with all the details you can find in a flower, and do feel very encouraged today by your posting! I am trying to show a way for floral designers to combine colors by just studying the flowers around them. Look deeply, look intensely, and you find the most amazing colours inside flowers. I am feeling blessed to be allowed to just study what nature offers there inside the blossoms and try to make flower arrangements according to what I was shown by the flowers.
Thank you for mentioning the bordeaux in the hyacinths, not everybody is able to see it! It needs an artist like you to show to us!
Thanks from

Hannah said...

Beautiful pictures - my forced ones are just flowering this week, so lovely!

Gabriele Kubo said...

Dear Beth,
thank you for answering on my blog!
Yes, flower colors can teach us color combinations, dont they!
I cant forget the story I read one day in a fashion magazine about a famous French designer ( forgot his name, so what does that tell?). Its not about flowers, but nevertheless:
he sat in his atelier, looking over the roofs of Paris, grey tiles, as the evening sun fell reddish over these grey tiles. A pigeon sat there with its shiny grey feathers and the very defined small accent of slightly purple feathers in between. The fashion designer saw this color situation, drew immediately his sketchbook out and started to design an evening dress in exactly these colors.
...though in poor English, sorry!

Beth said...

Dear Gabriel,

I'm headed over to your blog to continue this fascinating color conversation! Beth

Gabriele Kubo said...

Dear Beth,
am doubleposting on your blog and mine:

OF COURSE I want to write a guest post on Acorn Pies!!! What an honour for me! THANKS!
Never heard the word Mourning Doves, looked it up, what a beautiful dove! Their German name is Carolina-Taube, like that rolling sound!
I can imagine her sitting in the wisteria, the pale violet and the pale taupe should fit in a melancholic way, I guess!
You wont believe it, but I just talked to my friend Ziva yesterday after a long long time. She lived 18 years in Japan and was my very first foreign friend here. She left Japan 2 years ago with her 4 kids and is now living back in her homecountry, which is ISRAEL. Yes. Coincidence, again. I never visited Israel, but she keeps on inviting me and told me that they had a lot of rain this winter which means a lot of flowers in spring. Should go!
Violence in Israel, a frightening point, which always underlayers all my thougts when I am talking to her. Ziva's eldest daughter Lihi will have to join the army next year......
Where had you been in Israel?
I would love to see the pastel you draw!
Ah,what a gorgeous Saturday to start with chattering!LOL.
Looking forward to our Spring Color Project!