I love having Hyacinths in the house at this time of year - this one I bought at the local greengrocer in Kirkbymoorside - it was on a display outside the shop, covered in frost and snow and I couldn't believe that in spite of this, the bright green leaves were shooting up protecting white flower buds packed tightly waiting to burst.
I took pity and had to bring it home. I love the white ones in particular - the smell is heaven. Since coming indoors it has romped away and each day more flowers open and the perfume becomes sweeter and stronger. I've placed them in my favourite stone bowl.
They're giving me a great deal of pleasure. Do you have a favourite Christmas time plant or flower?