My plant profile as to how Muscari Latifolium performs in these northern climes
Perhaps you may see Muscari (Grape Hyacinth) as a humble plant. However when I saw how Latifolium performed in our garden I was very happy that I had found room for this little beauty. In actual fact back in 2005 this one was selected as bulb of the year and described as the Marge Simpson of the garden. You may wish to read what garden writer
In our garden we have this Spring flowering plant in the woodland, where it has been for a few years. Also last Autumn we planted them in a new bed along with Hellebores, which may eventually take over and smother out the Muscari, in the meantime we will just enjoy them.
Look how the tuft of pale blue above the very deep shade just brings the plant alive. You can see why Marge Simpson came to mind.
For years Muscari did very little for me, so many of the varieties in our garden were rather uninspiring, and the following years the flowering of them diminished greatly, not Marge though, she goes from strength to strength.
This year Latifolium came into flower on the third week of March, a little earlier than usual due to the very warm early Spring which we had.
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Position – Sun/part shade
Height – 15/20cm
RHS Award of garden merit
Also flowering in the woodland area of the garden at the same time as the Muscari is the very handsome Rhododendron Taurus and the gorgeous Camellia Donation.
A couple of weeks ago with little else to do, off I went with camera in hand to photograph some of the coastline around Aberdeen. Don’t be fooled with the blue sky’s, it was a very cold morning. I did take about one hundred pictures of which fifteen are of acceptable quality.
This is the ruin of St Fitticks an ancient church and graveyard. set just back from an area known locally as the bay of nigg. First recording of a church on this site was 1199.
Bay of Nigg
Another view of The Bay of Nigg.
Here we have the old foghorn, well maintained but hasn’t been in use for several decades.
This is the view a short distance further up the coast road.
Aberdeen is regarded as being the oil capital of Europe. Looks like I chose a quiet spell for taking my pictures. I was hoping to catch the oil rig supply boats and the ferries leaving for Orkney, Shetland and also those heading for Norway.
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