After the ‘Lord Mayors Parade’ gardeners get the manure. After the snow and sometimes during the snow gardeners get the Glory of the Snow or at least the glory of Scilla.
To have a display that looks like a professional start 3 years ago.
To have a garden that looks like Kew start 30+ years ago.
I like to grow bulbs in the garden but am often put to shame by other displays. I sometimes wonder ‘Why Don’t My Scilla Look Like This?’ but then realise that comparing your garden to Kew garden or international locations means you are on a hiding to nothing.
Tips to Look Like This
- To have a display that looks like a professional start 3 years ago. To look like Kew start 30+ years ago.
- Hang up the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign. Do not go digging and furtling around a bed you wish to mature like these.
- Give the plants the environment they need to excel.
- Plant plenty then add some more. Keep them all from the same variety and source.
My Scilla Photo Gallery
Google search for Scilla images
Photo and other credits
Glory of the snow by Kew on Flickr Thousands of glory of the snow (Scilla forbesii) bulbs now (26 March 2012) carpet the lawn near the Orangery.CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Scilla auf dem Friedhof by Imhoff-Ehmen CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (Scilla sibirica)
Flower photo of Scilla on Gardeners Tips.
Growing Scilla mischtschenkoana or Squills
The Giant Madeiran squill (Scilla madeirensis) pictures below from Kew on flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Scilla is a genus of about 50 bulb-forming perennial herbs in the hyacinth family native to woodlands, subalpine meadows, and seashores throughout Europe and Asia. Their flowers are usually blue, but white, pink, and purple types are known; most flower in early spring, but a few are autumn-flowering.
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