“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer”
~ Geoffrey B Charlesworth
Seen in my garden this spring are six of the prettiest blue flowers:
- Wood Forget-me-nots (Myosotis sylvatica) a pretty plant with bright blue flowers.
- Glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa forbesii ‘blue’) one of the earliest and loveliest spring flowering bulbs.
- Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum ) a deep blue which flowers for ages in sun or partial shade.
- Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis) a very delicate pale blue variety with pinkish buds, unknown, as it was here when I arrived.
- Pansies (Viola tricolor var. hortensis) cheerful little flowers that pretty much flower all through the winter months despite the odd nibble.
- Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum ‘Valerie Finnis’) a very pale sky blue colour that works well with the deeper blue one.
Most of these are finished now, but they have given me a lot of pleasure over the last couple of months.
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I rather like a blue flower. I think the Forget-Me-Nots are my favourite. I just put pansies in my planter boxes on the she-shed but they’re purple to match the shed. While your garden will be exploding with colour in the coming weeks, I might need that little bright spot as winter descends.
[shudder…] do not mention the W word. please! Seems to last forever and we are already into the 5th month of the year!
Ooh, sorry. Only S words from now on. So. What have you got planned for the summer?
We’eell since you asked. At the moment waiting for the bl**dy sea fog to be burned off so we can enjoy this mini heatwave the rest of the country are having. No plans for summer. I am hopefully going to enjoy my garden this year. I have spent a small country’s arms budget on plants and whatnots.
Sounds like time to enjoy your labours. I hope the weather cooperates.
They are a pretty bunch aren’t they? I am hoping to acquire a few more blues, if the S&S leave them alone. Always a problem.
Absolutely gorgeous Jude – very jealous!
But you have plants that I would love to have 🙂 Or has the drought put paid to your garden?
It has pretty much, aided by the rescue hound ploughing through the beds 😦 The front garden is fairly indigenous and has always pretty much been left to survive on what falls out of the sky (except for the lawn) so it doesn’t look too bad, but the back was full of more fussy pretty coloured plants and many have died. Only the toughest bigger shrubs have survived not being hand-watered. Throughout the summer I focussed on keeping the fruit trees alive plus anything in pots and one small raised bed by using recycled / grey water or by catching rainwater in tanks from the gutters. But I see bulbs are sprouting after the last few rainfalls. Even the lawn has a few green tufts in among the dry brown earth.
More lovely blues, I didn’t get very far on Saturday my back ached too much!
Oh, no. Poor you.
Really lovely blues, Jude. I’ve always loved pansies. They have such cute faces.
Sometimes they really do have faces, most odd!
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