Welcoming some new friends

Like any gardener, and as a collector of plants, it is always good to see old friends return for another year of flowering. But more exciting still is the joy of making new acquaintances.

Muscari Touch of Snow (main picture) was picked up from a garden centre just before we had to stop being out and about.

But more usually my purchases come in the form of bulbs or seeds requiring patience (or lots of patience) and of course a sense of anticipation.

Two sets of bulbs have repaid the waiting this week.

Muscari atillae

This spring, new friends include the tiny Muscari atillae (above) and the deep dark Muscari commutatum (below).

Muscari commutatum

Here’s looking at you…

This evening, while checking my photos, I noticed Muscari armeniacum Esther apparently looking back at me! I often see something new when I review a days photos. But I don’t think I’ve ever spotted one of my collection staring back at the camera before!

Muscari armeniacum Esther – 7th Mar 2020

Back to buds

A lovely sunny day in the garden. Sadly I was mostly in doors painting the living room. But there is always time to do a bit of plant appreciation… Today I am loving the early buds and flowers.

Wonderful, marvellous, amazing…

Muscari Mirum – 23 May 2019

… surprising and awesome.

Well this is how the Latin word ‘mirum’ is defined on the pages of Wiktionary

Muscari mirum is a pretty little plant and I suspect by its colouring is more closely related to its Leopoldia relatives than its name suggests.

Along with one of those relatives, Leopoldia neumannii, it is bringing to an end the flowering season for my little collection this year.

Leopoldia neumannii- 23 May 2019

I have loved both meeting new species and welcoming old friends. So while the bulbs might be heading for dormancy, I am not. The obsession continues!

For me it’s time to hit the books, do my research, learn more and order the seeds and bulbs of some of the many wonderful, marvellous, amazing, surprising and awesome plants that I have yet to meet.

Bellevalia?

I think I have this beauty mislabelled as Bellevalia speciosa.

The unopened buds are very pink, the apex of the raceme is quite pointed and the leaves are wider than those of the other bulbs I have in the pot.

Bellevalia – 8 May 2019

But then again may be it is the other bulbs that I have wrongly labelled!!! Further research may be required, but whatever it is, it is gorgeous.

Muscari Name Game

Muscari ‘Ocean Magic’ – 23 March 2019

In the world of Muscari cultivation there are many varieties which have lovely names… but who fail to live up to expectation.

I think Muscari ‘Ocean Magic’ is an exception. There is something very much like an ocean wave in its colouration as it opens its buds. A real beauty, well named.

Brazen Bellevalia

So Bellevalia’s are new to me and I genuinely did not know what to expect.

As far as I can see so far they are a weird and wonderful world of curious pleasures 🙂

Bellevalia longistyla – 22 Mar 2019

Bellevalia longistyla has a dark stem at its centre and delightful purple stamen inside white, green veined flowers.

The flower buds are gradually loosing their elegant, upright poise. A bit like a Victorian lady undoing her tight corset and suddenly letting it all hang out!

Muscari pulchellum pulchellum

Muscari pulchellum pulchellum –
21 Mar 2019

Sometimes it is not about the flowers being fully open.

Sometimes there is just a perfect moment, when the lower flowers are just opening, the buds are still displaying their interesting early colour and the flowers at the top are looking amazing in the low light of a gloomy afternoon.

Muscari pulchellum pulchellum is more than living up to its Latin name today.

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