May Flowers: The Hyacinth on Day 126 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids!

Hyacinth
A Hyacinth from my garden! Photo by Sharon.

The HYACINTH… a bulbous Mediterranean plant characterized by narrow leaves and a funnel-shaped perianth, which is the outer envelope of the flower. The fragrant flower stalk of the Hyacinth may be white, pink, violet or blue.

The Hyacinth got its name in a most interesting way… from Greek mythology. Here is the story: Hyacinthus was a beautiful boy from Sparta and a great friend of Apollo, the sun god. Apollo often descended to earth in his golden chariot to play with Hyacinthus, but Zephyrus, the god of the wind, was very jealous of the wonderful friendship between Hyacinthus and Apollo. One day, while Hyacinthus and Apollo were competing in the discus throw, Zephyrus blew a strong West Wind that caused the discus to strike Hyacinthus in the head… a fatal wound. The heartbroken Apollo created the Hyacinth from the blood of Hyacinthus, ensuring that the memory of Hyacinthus would live forever through the lovely Hyacinth.

The Hyacinth has come to symbolize play… games and sports. Let your kids in on the wonderful secret of the Hyacinth and the honor it holds for mythical Apollo and Hyacinthus. Why not plant some Hyacinths in your yard or in pots to always remind you and your kids to PLAY, have fun, delight in being outside with friends and playmates.

There’s also a little secret about the purple Hyacinth. If you are apologizing to someone, or trying to make amends for a little misunderstanding, give a purple Hyacinth as a gift. The purple Hyacinth symbolizes feeling sorry for something.

Have fun with May Flowers. Have fun with the Hyacinth. Let the learning bloom!

May Flowers: The Hyacinth on Day 126 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids! was last modified: May 6th, 2011 by Sharon Couto
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May Flowers: The Hyacinth on Day 126 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids! was last modified: May 6th, 2011 by Sharon Couto