Flowing flowers: Massachusetts Bulb River
Posted on 21/05/2017 , Modified on 23/05/2017

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In Sandwich, Massachusetts, 35,000 grape hyacinths flow down a grassy hill like a stream.

Indigo and yellow hues

Indigo and yellow hues

You don't have to be a horticultural buff to appreciate the stunning beauty of a stream of flowers carpeting the grounds of the Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts. Some 35,000 bright violet hyacinths shimmer in the wind, reminiscent of a flowing river.

Just like any river, the Bulb River is fringed by its own version of "eddies"; 1,500 bright yellow daffodils serving as a stunning contrast to the striking purple-blue hues. Smattered in an arbitrary fashion along the river 'banks', the daffodils too flow downstream, winding around the trees and bushes that stud the grass.

The Bulb River was the brainchild of Les Lutz, Director of Horticulture and Facilities Management at Heritage. The bulbs typically come into full bloom in early May, around the time of Mother's Day in America. On this day mothers are invited to marvel at the flowers for free.

Not just a feast for the eyes, the flowers also pose a delight for the nose. It is the grape hyacinths which exude a wonderful, delicate fragrance.

Although the floral river is the jewel in the gardens' crown, the area also boasts an impressive collection of Dexter rhododendrons, blanketed across the greenery. Thousands were cultivated by the well-known rhododendron hybridizer Charles Owen Dexter, and they can be seen dotting the some 100 acres of land. They tend to bloom in late-May/early-June.

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