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Another amble round the garden.

Actually at this time of year, war is the name of the game; I am at war with – Hyacinthoides hispanica / Hyacinthoides × massartiana. Or, in laymans terms – The Spanish Bluebell and its crosses.

The forest, outside the back gate, has hosts of the beautiful English or common, Bluebell. (Hyacinthoides non-scripta). And this latter named is what I want in the garden.

It (non-scripta) is the best of bunch without doubt – a deeper and more resplendent blue, a fine scent, a true woodland plant and perfect for a display in a natural setting.

I was delighted on our first spring to see bluebells in the garden; The delight was short-lived as I came to realise the truth… We had invaders!

For the last two years I have been rooting them out. Where they grow among established shrubs, I pull the leaves and flower spike out from the bulb and hope to starve them into submission. It is a long-term hope, I know that the little perishers will be back next year, weaker maybe, but they will be back. In more open ground I use the fork to ease up the bulbs and then dump them in the waste bin.

I reckon in about five or six years time I will be rid of the armada.. :)

Meantime, getting close to the ground reveals many delights; Such as…
Rhododendron ..something or other.

And this delight. Anemone sylvestris (Snowdrop Windflower)

Apple blossom from our young Malus ’Bramley’s Seedling’

I cannot give a name to these, save to say that they are Poppy seedlings. :)

This is an unusual view of a well known plant.
I leave it up to you to guess what it is…

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It looks like a giant lily of the valley

But just look at that clear blue sky.........

As welcome as the flowers in may.......

26 May, 2013


You have my sympathy, I wage war on the Spanish Bluebell too, I thought I was doing quite well, but there's a lot of them this year that I need to get out before they seed everywhere!

Lovely photos and I love that blue sky.....!

26 May, 2013


It has been a joy to see blue sky. And on a Bank-Holiday weekend! That's almost unheard of..

Yes it is Lily of the Valley. The dog trampled through the patch.., so I held a stem up for the pic.

26 May, 2013

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