Two little bulbs that have blue flowers and that cost a few pennies (or cents) and will naturalise if you are lucky. Scilla sibirica (above) is usually bought as ‘Spring Beauty’ although I have no idea how it differs from the straight species. Each bulb produces at least one, and usually three, slender stems, each with one to three relatively large, nodding flowers of bright, cobalt blue. Like most spring bulbs it prefers a well drained soil and sun for at least half the day. Like most small bulbs it comes up early and then disappears along with the celandines.
Chionodoxa is similar in habit but instead of parasol-like blooms the flowers are starry and, in most species, are blue with white centres. Slugs seem inordinately fond of the flowers and often all that is left is the white centre, which is a bit annoying.
Did you know: Today is ‘Look up at the sky day’