I've grown three types of prepared hyacinths this winter. All are beautiful, all are fragrant and all have very distinct attributes. 'White Pearl' is for me the quintessential indoor hyacinth with ivory white, regular, large flower-packed stems. I also grew 'Splendid Cornelia' for the first time and this produced wonderful, long, slim stems filled with flowers that changed from pale pink to mauve to violet - lovely old-fashioned colours rather than bubblegum/Barbie pink.
And this is the third, one I happened to find in a garden centre in December. It's 'Woodstock', a variety that I've grown outdoors for years but have never before found as prepared bulbs. In the garden it looks great, but I realise that this colour is simply made for growing indoors. Somehow the colour of soil just doesn't set off the concentrated magenta/beetroot tones, but when the flower is inside and you can view it with the light behind or set against different colour backgrounds it simply takes your breath away. It may not have the neat, tightly-packed habit of the other two, but it makes up for that with immense panache.
So, which is the fairest of them all? Well, I don't need to ask the mirror as I already know the answer.