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they are just perfect, a real display of natures abilities.
great photos too! what is that spotty background?


Ahhhh Hyacinth bulbs, yes aren't they the most amazing things?! I usually do some each year in jars of water like yours but didn't manage it this yr. You have reminded me how wonderful they are, I think I will go to the market this afternoon and buy some potted ones.
Vanessa, just have to say again that your photographs are always soooooo stunning, its a real treat to visit your blog each morning with my cup of coffee. Thankyou xxx


What a gorgeous post. I've loved hyacinths ever since we planted a pot of bulbs when I was in primary school, after listening to the story of Apollo and Hyacinthus. I was chosen to take the pot home for the Christmas holidays and I tended those bulbs as if my life depended on it! And my reward? That unforgettable scent of hyacinth flowers.


mmmMMMMMMMM....Just simpiy stunning...I can smell them....
10/10 for the photos...

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  • Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon