A native to many countries around the Mediterranean, I’m pleased to welcome the elegant Bellevalia trifoliata into my garden 🙂
Lovely distinctive pale blue flowers with white lobes, Muscari armeniacum ‘Valerie Finnis’ was named after a distinguished British Horticulturalist.
Valerie Finnis was a specialist in Alpine Plants and was associated with the Waterperry Horticulture School for Women for over 28 years. The site is now known as Waterperry Gardens a private business which opens the 8 acre garden to the public.
This low growing Bellevalia cyanopoda is displaying beautifully a purple stem, purple pedicels and unusual blue buds which open to white, with purple stamen.
The word ‘cyanopoda’ actually suggests blue feet!
The flowers are beginning to open on Bellevalia turkestanica also known by the synonym Bellevalia atroviolacea.
‘Atro’ means ‘darkest’ and this unusual and beautiful plant displays the darkest blue of all the Bellevalias.
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.
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 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!
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.
In the world of Muscari the concept of a ‘Giant Form’ is somewhat relative.
For example, I measured this Muscari anatolicum ‘Giant Form’ this afternoon and discovered it was the grand total of 13cm high!
Today I have three tales from the Bellevalias to share in pictures.
1, The buds on Bellevalia longistyla are still green and tightly packed, but the appearance of a dark collar at the base of the raceme adds a touch of elegance as the flower spike pushes up.
2, Bellevalia cyanopoda looks a little like a pineapple sitting on its leaves with the raindrops close by. The leaves have a subtle touch of red along their margins.
Bellevalia cyanopoda – 15 Mar 2019
3, And last but not least, not much to look at may be, but very exciting to me… seedlings coming through for Bellevalia paradoxa.
It’s not all about blue and purple in the world of Muscari.
In addition to its cheerful yellow flowers, Golden Fragrance smells lovely too!