Into the blue

scilla sib

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’


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3 Comments on “Into the blue”

  1. derrickjknight
    April 14, 2016 at 8:25 am #

    I didn’t know what day it was, but I did photograph the dawn sky 🙂

  2. joy
    April 14, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

    they would look lovely under the walnut tree .. and its a lovely blue sky in thorny today…..

  3. Meriel
    April 15, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

    I have both these and they appear to be deer proof which is a definite bonus for me. I love both but in particular the Chionodoxa which being a bit taller associates well with N. ‘Tete a tete’. Both have increased well too. Although Wood Anemonies seem also to be deer proof, unfortunately they don’t seem keen on my dry conditions and struggle. I am trailing a little patch of Eranthis in the hope they might be successful.

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