A flower that lives up to the legend | The Canberra Times

Hyacinths come in pink, red, blue, yellow, coral or white. The wild ones are bright reddish purple and much smaller than the modern cultivars. If you’re growing yours in a pot or garden, feed the leaves with a slow-release fertilizer once the plants have finished blooming, and don’t overwater or the bulbs may rot. Ours certainly never stand too much water — they’re in a spot that doesn’t get any water at all, except from the rain. They were also never fed, but survived and (usually) flowered anyway. Nor have they been eaten by possums, wallabies or wombats, which is a triumph in our garden.

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