In a Vase on Monday
Just a quick, easy vase today with Spanish Bluebells and Herb Robert that I threw together using quick easy plants I had to hand.
Every spring I bring the Spanish Bluebells indoors in an attempt to stop them hybridising with my native English Bluebells. However I’ve recently discovered that my latest batch of hyacinthoides non scripta from Gee-Tee bulbs planted a couple of years ago now don’t appear to be true as they’ve come out very much like the Spanish bluebell hybrids (they have the correct light peachy stamen, but their bells are upright like these Spanish bluebells with much shorter and fatter bells). I planted some at my parent’s and that’s when I discovered the problem as I’m stood looking at them thinking they definitely don’t look like our natives. So I will have to pull them up as I don’t want them dividing. The job is much more difficult in my own garden though. However, thankfully I didn’t plant too many here and have noticed only three imposter blooms so far.
(These Spanish bluebells are growing under the privet, seeded I believe from next-door and have been there since I moved in. I cannot remove them as they’re managing to grow amongst concrete and through the paving! So instead I remove their blooms each year and hope they don’t seed further)
And here’s what an English Bluebell looks like. Note the difference in shade, but also the length of the bells and they bloom on only one side of the stem.
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