I just wanted to let you know my plants have arrived today as promised. I have unpacked them and they are wonderful, I am so pleased with them. They are much bigger than I expected and in tip-top condition. Thank you so much. I also think they are really excellent value for money – I buy most of my plants on-line (living in Cornwall the choices are a bit limited) and I had looked for Hydrangea seemannii at my usual on-line supplier but they were so expensive I was a bit put off. Ten pounds per plant more (!) Then I searched around and found you – your plants were considerably cheaper and larger so I was a bit worried they might fall short of the mark. But… absolutely no worries on that front. In fact I bought two seemannii from the other supplier earlier this year (I think they are a very ‘useful’ plant, particularly for someone who lives in a walled garden) so can do a direct comparison. Interestingly, they are smaller than yours now even though they have been in the ground and well cared for, for more than six summer months. Many thanks, excellent service and terrific plants – I will be back..!Debbie Frost
Hyacinth White Pearl bulbs
Hyacinthus orientalis White Pearl
Hyacinth White Pearl is that pure, brilliant white that makes all other whites look slightly tinted, like the best royal icing on your wedding cake. However old fashioned a hyacinth may seem, this particular bulb works well in a contemporary, sleek setting. As with all the most desirable hyacinths the overall flower is made up of individual, single, bell-shaped flowers known as nails that recurve back gently. The strappy leaves are darker than most, setting off the white flowers perfectly. The reasonably stubby stem means that the flower is less likely to flop when full grown compared to some other hyacinths. The fragrance is sweet and delicate and will perfume any room or sheltered spot in your garden without being too overpowering. But if hyacinths are not for you, take a look at the rest of our range of top quality bulbs.
Hyacinth White Pearl, a gem in the Spring garden
Hyacinths can be forced inside so that you can enjoy their scent and colour at close proximity. They tend to grow slightly taller inside and will need to be supported with a small cane or by tying some string around the leaves and flower spike as they emerge. They look good in groups of odd numbers. We tend to avoid the punchbowl effect of mixing too many colours together but white goes with anything and the purity of white pearl illuminates other coloured hyacinths such as Hyacinth 'City of Haarlem' for a buttermilk effect or 'Fondant' for a more pastel look. Hyacinths are a great addition to flower arrangements. Add a tiny bit of bleach to the water to ensure that they last for as long as possible.
Outside, hyacinths perform best in the open and can be used en masse as part of a formal bedding scheme or at the front of an herbaceous border. White Pearl is marvellous for brightening a dark corner and for providing contrast to evergreen box or yew. If you have grown a hyacinth indoors one year, plant the deadheaded bulb outside and with a little bit of t.l.c. it will flower again in years to come.
- Colour: White
- Height: 25cm
- Spread: 10 cm
- Scent: very fragrant
- Flowering Outside: late Spring. Please note these are not treated bulbs - which we do not sell - and so will never flower as early indoors as treated bulbs do.
- Bulb Size: 14-16 cm
- Planting Depth: 10-12 cm
- Planting Months: September to December
Bits and bobs
Elbert Hubbard who died in 1915 had a wonderful trope on white hyacinths in general which just about sums it up:
"If I had but two loaves of bread I would sell one of them & buy White Hyacinths to feed my soul."
Greek legend tells us that the original Hyacinth was a beautiful prince of Macedonia, in love with and loved by Apollo. During a game of discus throwing, Hyacinth was struck by the discus that Apollo had propelled especially vigorously. It killed him and where his blood was spilt, Apollo made a hyacinth grow. Keats in his poem 'Endymion' elaborates on this by suggesting that the zephyr west wind was jealous of Hyacinth's preference for Apollo and that he deliberately sent the discus off course to kill Hyacinth. Either way, the flower represents Apollo's grief.