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.
Another early flowering variety, Pseudomuscari azureum make me think of ballerinas in tutus.
So the website is beginning to take shape. I’ll be adding to it this year as and when there is something interesting to report.
The page for Pseudomuscari azureum is already online. Please stop by and let me know what you think (constructive criticism is always welcome). And If you like it, please share with your garden friendly friends.
While I have a few new comers in the collection this year, Pseudomuscari coeleste is, once again, the first of my lovelies to open its buds in the bright February sunshine.
This species is a native of Southern Cappadocia, Turkey.
Coeleste in Latin refers to divine, celestial, heavenly bodies.
The flowers begin with a tight conical raceme of blue green buds. These open as pale blue campanulate flowers with darker blue stripes down the centre of each tepal. They remind me of old fashioned striped pyjamas.
As the flowers age they turn a deep lilac blue. They have no discernible scent.
The leaves are a mid green and not much longer than the flower spikes at maturity.
I 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.
There is the somewhat lax and lazy Muscari commutatum alba, lolling about.
For a spot of colour we have Muscari verticillaris with a reddish infusion at the base of the leaves.
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.
While Muscari mirum is content to make minimum effort on the foliage front.
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…
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.