Hyacinth in Spring

Spring comes on the World-
I sight the Aprils-
Hueless to me until thou come
As, till the bee
Blossoms stand negative,
Touched to Conditions
By a Hum.

Dickinson 1042

That has always been one of my favorite Dickinson poems. It’s a beautiful love poem–for a person (?), a flower (?), an animal (?)–fill in the blank with whatever you love.

April 6, 2009
Weather–Sunny & warm

I’ve been shopping.


These are new members of my family–Daffodils, Hyacinth, Tulip, Raspberry, Blueberry, Dianthus, Forsynthia, Snowflake….


Hyacinth–Marta says they were in Emily’s Early Spring Garden. (p.14)

And, Judith Farr writes in her book, “Flowers were her children, friends, and counterparts. They had souls and played a role in the Christian mystery of death and resurrection. Thus, when a neighbor, Mrs. Adelaide Hills, sent her hyacinth bulbs during a dark February when her own plants were dead or dormant, Emily envisioned the “sleeping” Dickinson garden as the scriptural kingdom of the dead, arisen and transfigured on the Last Day. ‘The Snow will guide the Hyacinths to where their mates are sleeping, in Vinnie’s Garden.'” (p. 23)

–Marta McDowell believes the reference to Vinnie is that Vinnie planted them.


Here are my new pink Hyacinth–the spike says they grow to about 12″ and need about 12″ wide. They need part sun and a medium amount of water. “Wonderfully fragrant blooms provides a treat for the senses.” I can’t wait to plant them!

We’re getting our top soil delivered in the next day or two. We need a lot of it.

Here are some other flowers I purchased. Daffodils.




Forsynthia bush (not the tree–which I also need). But I love the yellow of Forsynthia–these shrubs will be great.


Red Tulips.


Yellow Tulips.


And the fruit bushes were chosen by Shiloh, my little Pastry Chef–who loves to bake–and recently, bake pies.



Last Saturday we had our Palisades Park Fundraiser, and I was in charge of getting door prizes. I purchased a small Hyacinth, Daffodil and Tulip–as well as other prizes. The flowers were the first things to be chosen as names were drawn. In fact, they passed on more expensive prizes for the flowers. What does that say about them? Something good, I think.

Have you adopted a new flower, shrub or tree lately?

10 responses to “Hyacinth in Spring

  1. I’m just beginning to think about adding more color to the yard and also more to my backyard Serenity Garden. We’re thinking of moving a volunteer lilac tree to another spot. It came up of it’s on accord next to the foundation of the garage, so it has to be moved…poor thing. I intend to fill the Serenity Garden with much more color this spring, but most of it will be left in attractive, large pots and moved from place to place. We also must replace our beautiful fuchia that died over the winter.

    I’ve mentioned your new blog on my Serenity Gate today. Come over and take a look. http://www.theserenityroom.blogspot.com

    • emilydickinsonsgarden

      Wonderful. Thank you. We can use all the gardeners we can get.

      I’ll look forward to seeing your new additions. The Serenity Garden is already quite beautiful with all the hydrangeas–one of my faves.

      That’s too bad one of the Dogwood’s died–was it the “puppy” wood? Sad! When one of your favorite trees dies–it’s a deep loss. So much time goes into raising and tending them. They really are like children.

      • The dogwood that died was the little one..the newest…the baby…one of the two that Jim Jr. gave me for Mother’s Day a few years ago. It broke my heart. I thought (hoped) for months that it would come back to life. We tried everything, but nothing would save it.

  2. I love hydrangeas too, we only have one that we planted a couple years ago and seems to be doing fine. Definitely need more, maybe in the backyard near the birdbath. Would love to try blueberry bushes. Oh, just imagining them fresh off the branches!

    • emilydickinsonsgarden

      I agree about hydrangeas, and I have a good spot for some this year–so I’ll also be buying them. I’m a bit worried about the blueberries. My neighbors have raspberries–so I know I can grown them. I’m going to have to do some research.

  3. Blueberries should do very well in your climate and terrain. It reminds me of the interior of Alaska and they grew abundantly there. I’m afraid you’ll end up wanting several bushes. Yum.

  4. emilydickinsonsgarden

    Actually, I’m starting to think blueberries may have been a big mistake for me. Apparently, they need a lot of acid in the soil–probably lots of pine trees would provide that, but I don’t have any around my house yet. Here’s what I found on the internet in answer to a question from a guy from Spokane:

    “Q. Mike: I would like to grow blueberries, but am concerned about watering. It is my understanding that blueberries like acid soil, and we have very hard water and very little rainwater to collect during the summer. Any suggestions? Or is this just a no-go idea?
    —Jess near Spokane, WA
    A. Well, I expect you’re in tears by now, Jess. The honest answer is that you shouldn’t try this if you’re not willing to fail. But if bravery be your byword, go nuts on the peat moss in the planting hole and use sulfur to get the basic pH of the soil down before planting, which may mean waiting a year. Then mulch religiously with naturally acidic materials and capture every bit of rainwater you can for them. I would also suggest lighting candles to the Blessed Mother and whomever the Patron Saint of Blueberries may be. Whatever you do, don’t use softened water; the sodium build-up would kill the plants.”

  5. emilydickinsonsgarden

    Wow. Dad has a ph meter? I didn’t know there was such a thing! Thank you. All of these plants will be an adventure! Mike and I just brought home a beautiful white Magnolia tree for the east side of the house. I’m in love with it!

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