The poet Rilke, writing to Elisabeth Ephrussi, told her to:

‘Look into the blue of the hyacinths.  And the spring!’ 

Well?  What are we waiting for?  Let’s go and find a hyacinth and then inhale its heady perfume!

And meet their wild cousins, the wood-carpeting blue-bells. 

Source: Edmund de Waal, The Hare with Amber Eyes: A hidden inheritance (London: Chatto & Windus, 2010), p. 217

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