Bluebell update

I really wanted to have some english bluebells. Even before I moved here, I bought a packet of 5 bulbs which I planted the day I first got the keys, before I actually moved in. I also planted 30 bulbs along with the tulips and muscari bulbs that I planted in early-mid January.

Until now I thought that none of them were going to come up, but today I was excited to see a new shoot pictured below. It looks distinctly different to the others. I believe that although both muscari and bluebells have a V-shaped leaf on the inside, the muscari leaf is rounded on the outside, but the bluebell leaf is also V-shaped on the outside too.

No doubt it will become a lot clearer later, and I hope I haven't written this too soon!

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Muscari update

I planted many Muscari bulbs earlier in the year and many of them have sprouted, and more are still appearing.

However I know now that there were already patches of muscari already present in the garden. There was a large clump in the back border and single ones along the edges of the back and right borders. They had leaves even when I moved in and it was one of the things that I thought they could be, and now they are starting to flower.

So the ones I planted are somewhat unnecessary, however the existing ones look as if they are all going to be same shade of blue whereas the ones I bought are supposed to be several shades. We will see.

First picture is the single ones along the border. You can see the foreground flower that is just about to open, and another in the background …

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Flower on shrub

The shrub near the back door is beginning to flower with lovely yellow four petalled flowers growing directly off the old twigs. I am guessing that it is a Forsythia. From reading about them, I seems like it is a fast growing bush and so it is not in a very good location as there is not a lot of room for it. I already cut it back a bit as it was overhanging the path, now I know that it flowers in spring I wish I had waited until after the flowers had finished.

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The large leaf vinca with a flower

A single flower from the other periwinkle or vinca. I've been looking at plants in the garden centers and one with leaves of a similar size to this are labeled as Vinca major. So this one could be Vinca major and the other with the much smaller leaves be a Vina minor. I thought that the V. major had hairs around the leaf margin, but maybe that is not necessary.

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First daffodil flower

First daffodil to flower. May have been a day or so ago as I was away for a couple of days.

I was over in Shropshire, where the daffodils are out almost everywhere, far more advanced than here.

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Corkscrew hazel catkins open out fully

Remember how I thought that the catkins on the hazel did not look much like ones that you typically see in photos? Well that is because they were not fully developed, a couple of days ago I noticed that some of them had opened out and become opened out hanging down and blowing freely in the wind.

In the photo not only can you see the catkin, you can also see the tiny pink flower.

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Planting snowdrops

One thing that I want to have but doesn't appear to be in the garden is some snowdrops. So I bought a little pot of them and planted them.

They don't like to dry out and there is no chance of that here. There was water at the bottom of the hole that I dug for them. I hope of course that it is not too wet for them. Perhaps there is none already because they just don't survive.

I planted them admittedly on the "wet side" (although there is not too much difference on the borders) but they do get some sun there.

Here they are in their pot.

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And here they are planted.

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Purple loosestrife

I bought a purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria "Robert") from Cowell's garden centre. These are rather lovely plants that attract lots of bees and I am hoping that they will do well in the very moist conditions in the garden.

Here it is in its pot.

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I eventually decided to plant it between the cordyline and the second pheasant berry bush. Yes, there is not much to see at the moment.

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I can only recall ever seeing one of these in the wild, which when I lived in Carshalton. I took a couple of pictures at the time (2012).

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