Some flowers have interesting mythological sources of nomenclature. Hyacinth is a bulbous plant (‘Hyacinthus’) derived from the name of a beautiful Spartan youth, accidentally killed by Apollo, the sun god, while playing quoits; from his blood, sprang the beautiful flower- hyacinth. Whilst this flower is found in an assortment of hues, from the tragic tale of its name, the purple hyacinth stands as a symbol of sorrow, a request for forgiveness. According to another legend, the wind god Zephyr, out of jealousy, blew the discus to kill Hyacinth. From his blood sprang a flower, which was named for him.

‘Cape hyacinth’, a species of Galtania, with white flowers indicate in its own way, “I’ll pray for you“. The wild hyacinth (also called the English blue-bell) and the grape hyacinth are other varieties of the same family. While scientifically hyacinth is now considered a potential area of food research, the red or pink hyacinth in flower-language indicates play, games, and sports. In fact, the yellow leaves symbolise jealousy and the blue hyacinth represents constancy. In language, the term ‘hyacinthine’ is derived from the flower-source, meaning anything as lovely as Hyacinthus or of a colour variously understood as purple, purple-blue, even golden.

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  • Friday, 28 March 2014
    I ordered  the Indoor Luxury Basket for my daughter which arrived in good time and she loved it. She took at photo and I was so pleased that the plants were in such a beautiful condition - healthy and fresh with buds, opening and full blooms on the flowering plants and shiny green foliage on the others. Thank you so much for delivering such a quality gift. Nige H
  • Thursday, 27 March 2014
    Thank you so much for prompt delivery of mothers-day-flowers! My mother in law was over the moon and said they were beautiful. If you've pleased her then you have pleased me! Thanks again Kind regards, Vince E
  • Wednesday, 26 March 2014
    The recipient was absolutely delighted with the bouquet.  She commented on the beauty and variety of the flowers, and was very impressed by the packaging, and that none of the flowers had been bruised in the least, despite the box. An absolute success! Thank you. Terri S


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