Singing the blues

Spring bulbs are continuing to give a lot of pleasure in the garden. A surprising number of them are blue.

Prostrate Rosemary

The rosemary has had flowers since November but there have never been quite as many as there are now.


Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’, I increased their numbers this year and love this view along the upper slope path

The ones in the foreground have been there for several years but those behind were planted last autumn.


The light shining through the petals of the crocus is so uplifting.


I find the perfume of hyacinths in the house too strong but in the garden they are perfect, plus their strong form can be appreciated from inside the house.

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr Fokker’

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr Fokker’ makes an ideal contrast with the inflorescence of Euphorbia rigida.

Anemone coronaria ‘Mr Fokker’ behind and a self sown seedling that looks like it is a cross between Mr. Fokker and Syphide

It is nice to see that the Anemone coronaria are crossing with each other producing new colours to enjoy.

What plants in your garden cross with each other to produce new colouration?



22 thoughts on “Singing the blues

  1. I too love blue flowers Christina and at this time of year there are so many to choose from. One that is sweeding around beautifuly, but not changing colour is Scilla siberica, such a beautiful strong blue. Seedling gently and changing colour is Corydalis tuberosa, the original is a lilac colour, but some seedlings come true, others are coming up in pink and red. I’ve just been and given them a mulch of lovely leaf mould so that when they set more seed this year, the seed will be happy where they land.

    • I’m more actively collecting leaves separately to make leaf mould hopefully I’ll be able to mulch more with that in the future. At the moment most mulch is from shredded prunings which I don’t think is as conducive to seed germinating.

  2. Anemone coronaria are so beautiful. I just have one red one. I must plant more. I enjoyed all your blues.

    • I’ll let you know if I manage to grow any from seed as they produce so much. So far there is no germination but I think they might need cold stratification.

  3. What a glorious mix of blues, Christina! I have blue and purple Freesias and Ipheion but if they’re mixing it up I can’t tell it. I’m hoping Scilla peruviana will bloom again this year but so far I’ve got no sign it’s moving in that direction. The Echium and Ceanothus are adding blue notes, though, as well as some of the Osteospermums.

    • I love the blue of your Echium, Kris and I know the Scilla peruviana is a deep colour too; I decided against buying it when I read that it needed moist soil so I’m pleased that it has flowered for you. Btw, I haven’t been able to leave a comment on your last couple of posts. The message just disappears when I click the “I’m not a robot”. I’ll keep trying, but if I don’t succeed, you’ll know that I’ve been trying.

  4. Christina the blue flowers of your garden are wonderful and the bees will be enchanted with them. I really like the blue color in flowers. The prostrate rosemary has a silhouette and a color that I like a lot. The Muscari are beautiful. The Iris reticulata “Harmony” I love: the meadows you’ve made with him are divine. The saffron is wonderful. The Jacintos I like them a lot and their perfume more. The coronary Anemone “Mr Fokker” I love as well as the Euphorbia rigida: they are lovely together. The plants of my garden that cross each other to create a new coloration are the blue hollandica Iris with the Vinca Major “Variegata”, especially if the vinca blooms with its blue flower, then they are perfect. Christina enjoys your beautiful flowers and your magnificent garden. Have a good week and a great weekend. Take care. Greetings from Margarita. 🙂

    • Thank you Margarita, you are always so enthusiastic with your comments; they are very much appreciated. Interesting that the translation for crocus is saffron. The crocuses that produce saffron flower in autumn.

      • Yes, Christina the crocus translates it for saffron as if the crocus were a spice. Sometimes I write crocus directly so there are no misunderstandings but sometimes I have the word saffron in my head and I write it down. Messengers of translators. Thank you very much for your kind words for my comments, it is the truth, what I see. Thanks to you Christina. Greetings from Margarita.

  5. Lovely, I am appreciating the light through the flowers and chartreuse leaves here.. Did I ask you about Roman Hyacinths last year, I can’t remember. Do you know these bulbs? I was talking to someone about them. Your Rosemary is incredible, I think we eat too much to see flowers.

  6. Good to see all your blues – I just have some blue Anemone blanda so far. How exciting that your A coronaria are self-seeding and cross pollinating.

  7. The iris look fantastic, and the rosemary reminds me that my own plant did not make it through the winter this year, and that I will absolutely need to replace it.
    Nice that the anemones are reseeding. I hope your plan to sow them on purpose gives you even larger patches, with bunches of interesting shades.

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