The Greek Mythology Behind Hyacinths

Hyacinths are a bell-shaped flower with a strong fragrance. Greek Mythology tells the tale of a young Greek boy who was Hyakinthos. Two Gods adored Hyakithos and fought for his attention. One day while the boy was being taught to throw a discus by Apollo the Sun God, Zephyr the God of Wind blew a strong wind in a jealous fit. The discus hit and killed Hyakinthos. A flower then grew from his blood which Apollo named Hyacinth.
Focus52 ~ Week 8 Prompt "Celebrate You"
I choose the hyacinth to represent my love of flowers and gardening.
That, and it was just there. On my table begging to be photographed!

Hyacinth (general) - Games and sports; rashness;flower dedicated to Apollo
Hyacinth (blue) - Constancy
Hyacinth ( purple) - I'm sorry; please forgive me; sorrow
Hyacinth (red or pink) - Play
Hyacinth (white) - Loveliness; I'll pray for you
Hyacinth (yellow) - Jealousy

Grab: Caring for a Hyacinth Plant Indoors


Jan said...

Saw this on flickr and left a comment but am I ever glad I clicked on over here!
How totally fascinating! I love greek mythology. And the color meanings are so interesting too.

Thanks for the education! Now if all this snow would leave ... ;)

hootnonny said...

You did these hyacinth's justice! They remind me that spring is on the way! Thanks for the history of hyacinths.

Martha said...

Lovely! Thanks for the info too, I love that most everything can be linked to Greek mythology!

FiveSibesMom said...

Beautiful shot! The hyacinth is one of my favorite flowers. I look forward to their blooming in the spring! I can almost smell the sweet fragrance!


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