Are your hyacinths up? Mine are. I just love these spring flowers! Hyacinths are spring bulbs that can be recognized by their dense compact spike of bell-shaped flowers. They are highly fragrant, and they come in a variety of colors: white, peach, yellow, pink, purple, lavender, and blue.
Hyacinths are native to the Mediterranean region and Africa. There's an interesting story from Greek mythology about the origin of hyacinths. Here's the story: Two gods, Apollo (the sun god) and Zephyr (the wind god) liked a Greek dude named Hyakinthos. One day, Apollo decided to teach Hyakinthos how to throw a discus. Well, Zephyr got jealous. So what did he do? He blew the discus back so that it hit Hyakinthos in the head and killed him. (Dumb god!) From his blood, grew a flower. Apollo, grief-stricken, named the flower after him.
Hyacinth bulbs should be planted in the fall before a frost. Where I live, September is good. Dig a hole 6-8 inches deep. Set the bulb in the hole, making sure the neck is up. Then cover with soil. Space the bulbs 4-6 inches apart. Make sure you give them plenty of water after planting. In the spring, after the plants have finished flowering, you can cut back the flower stalks (or not, I sometimes leave mine on). Just make sure you allow the leaves to die back naturally so the nutrients can go back into the bulb.