March 2014

IN THE COURTYARD outside the studio raised beds are practically overflowing with dense, swiftly-growing swathes of bluebell foliage. Congested and in too prime a position for such untidy plants I have decided not to delay in digging them up to re-plant in a more suitable spot elsewhere in the garden.

My fear though is that they may be the same thuggish Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) that I battled against for so many years in my London garden – although these bulbs are tiny and the leaves narrow.

Turning to the RHS for clarification I see that correct identification can be hard. Key characteristics of species bluebells (H. non-scripta) are that the pollen is creamy-white and the narrowly tubular flowers a deep, dark blue (although white and pink flowered bluebells do occur).
Thankfully these appear to be hybrids (H. x massartiana)…they have a reprieve!

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