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HYACINTH - a personal favorite


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HYACINTH, to me, is the jewel of my entire HERBARIUM collection.

I look at it and I see a woman who keeps to herself, a shy spirit with so much love to give and, yet, so much to keep to oneself.

She is keen on keeping her body and her mind safe.

She does not allow the entire world to see her struggles. She hides behind her dark cloak, preserving her beauty and keeping her heart out of harm’s way; just the same way a hyacinth emerges from such a bundle of leaves meant to protect its fragile blossoms.

Spring is paramount to her.

She appears to me as a Geisha, wandering this world with care; she is defined by the sensibility she carries herself with.

Without a doubt, HYACINTH is the most appreciated artwork in the 2020 HERBARIUM collection by D.C. Thomas.

hy·a·cinth | ˈhīəˌsinTH |


1 a bulbous plant of the lily family, with strap-like leaves and a compact spike of bell-shaped fragrant flowers. Native to western Asia, hyacinths are cultivated outdoors and as houseplants.

Genus Hyacinthus, family Liliaceae: several species, in particular H. orientalis, from which the common large-flowered cultivars are derived.

• a light purplish-blue color typical of some hyacinth flowers: [as modifier]: the Queen Mother was wearing hyacinth blue.


mid 16th century (denoting a gem): from French hyacinthe, via Latin from Greek huakinthos, denoting a plant identified with the flower in the myth of Hyacinthus, and a gem (perhaps the sapphire). The current sense dates from the late 16th century.


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