Muscari madness?

8c2b31e0-c117-41f9-b2a0-8e5ee954dca9I imagine that anyone looking at the collection of pots outside my back door at this time of year would question my sanity. I appear to have spent no small amount of time amassing and potting plants which, at this point, mostly offer grass like leaves which all look the same.  And that’s even if they’ve bothered to poke their noses through their gritty compost yet.

Ah, but while I’m willing to admit Muscari madness, I can not agree that they all look the same.

There is Muscari macrocarpum Golden Fragrance, looking fresh, tall and strong.

M. macrocarpum Golden Fragrance

There is the somewhat lax and lazy Muscari commutatum alba, lolling about.

M. commutatum alba

For a spot of colour we have Muscari verticillaris with a reddish infusion at the base of the leaves.

Muscari verticillaris

Then there is Muscari Mount Hood, each bulb sending up 5 or 6 strong green leaves apparently making a grab for any sunshine they can find.

Muscari Mount Hood

While Muscari mirum is content to make minimum effort on the foliage front.

Muscari mirum

To me, of course, they are all interesting and all hold the promise of the best being yet to come.

But then, just as I was ready to go in for a cup of tea I spotted this…

Muscari adilii

It’s the first year I’ve grown Muscari adilii. I wasn’t sure what to expect. It turns out he’s so excited about flowering he can’t even wait for his leaves to grow.

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