So the Muscari have all turned to seed and the Bellevalia have lost their colour and are lying about limply, pretending to fend off the slugs.
Just when you think it’s all over, the Leopoldia put it a lovely late spring production number.
Previously I have only grown Leopoldia comosa and to be honest have been quite underwhelmed by its insistence on developing lots of leaves but not coming back in to flower.
However, for various reasons I find myself with several of it’s relatives this year and have been charmed by them.
Some are quite bonkers with their mad little heads of sterile flowers. But while they all appear to run on a theme of pink and purple, yellow and brown, they have distinct personalities which I’ve warmed to in the last few weeks. I hope they won’t be shy about returning next year.
Note to self… Bellevalia’s need a lot more slug and snail protection than Muscari!
I imagine with their larger stems and thicker leaves the plants look like gourmet meals to the local Gastropoda. The little creatures certainly enjoyed dining in the dark last night. Of the two stems which were developing nicely yesterday, only one remains standing.
Amazingly, despite having half its stem nibbled away, Bellevalia fominii is still putting on a lovely display. Meanwhile, the snail has been ‘relocated’.
Everyone is revelling in the beauty of spring flowers this weekend and some plants in my collection are still only just thinking about opening their buds. Others however, like Muscari adilii , Pseudomuscari coeleste and Pseudomuscari azureum are busily developing their seed capsules which have a beauty all of their own.