I could hardly wait for the purple flowers of the heirloom Muscari Armeniacum (Purple Hyacinth) to come up at the iconic Jenks Mansion. I fretted a bit, as I thought that perhaps we were trampolining the perennial purple bulbs, when we tore the roof coverings (there were 4 or 5) off to replace with new.
For a bit more than twenty years I have always made a point every spring to drive by the Jenks mansion to see them in bloom. Every year they multiply. I would venture to say it is somewhat of a miracle, without any tender loving care, these little beauties have managed to survive. Perhaps this is why this heirloom bulb has been around since 1877.
Days like these, being able to admire such simple blooms, are what life is all about.
Kelly Parks is the Mansion Girl, restoring historic homes in Great Falls, Montana. Some girls collect shoes, Kelly collects historic Mansions.
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