Blue Spring Bulbs

Yellow is the colour of spring, from the glorious sunlight that is now (sometimes) washing over the gardens, to the bright tulips that burst into life in the Wilderness at Hampton Court. This part of the Gardens has justly become famous for its carpet of yellow, orange, cream coloured daffodils with their multi-coloured petals some with contrasting trumpets and some just plain sunny yellow.

I don’t want to talk about daffodils, I want to discuss the array of  BLUE flowers standing proud among the daffodils. Can you spot the difference between these BLUE SPRING BULBS ?

Scilla Siberia these spreading beauties have dainty dark blue slightly bent nodding heads

Scilla Siberia
Scilla Siberia

Chionodoxa also known as glory-of-the-snow they are blue with a perfect star shape in the middle of the flower.

Chionodoxa
Chionodoxa

Wood Anemone, my favourite of the wilderness blue flowers with their daisy like blooms and frilly dark green leaves spreading freely where they feel.

Wood Anemone
Wood Anemone

Puschkinia libanotica, a pale blue bulb originating from Turkey and is easily mistaken for scilla.

Puschkinia libanotica
Puschkinia libanotica

Hyacinth, the blue are the most heady with perfume ours have multi headed blooms so they are around for ages.

Hyacinth
Hyacinth

Bluebell or latin name hyacinthoides non –scripts we have English bluebells and Spanish bluebells.The English blooms are darker,smaller with slightly nodding bend heads. The Spanish are larger sturdy paler in colour good for cut flowers.

 hyacinthoides
Hyacinthoides

Muscari or grape hyacinth , they have knobbly heads like a bunch of grapes ranging from pale to dark blue

Muscari or grape hyacinth
Muscari or grape hyacinth

We hope you’ll make your way down to the Gardens at Hampton Court Palace soon and find your own favourites!

Barbara Smith

Craft Gardener, Gardens

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