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Oh, yes, I have that. Attractive little thing, isn't it? It doesn't seem
to win the fight against some of the other, less attractive weeds I get,
so I bear it no animosity.
I may have to try it in a salad, isn't Ann useful?
Well the leaves are wrong, now that I go look at the picture. I don't
have any grape hyacinth in my yard, but I have a friend who does, and I
usually see them starting to bloom early spring.
Anyway, Warren, I'm sure you know scads more about gardening and plants
than I do, we'll just take that as stipulated, shall we?
Our garden has lots of these even though we are a long way away in the
UK. They are Bluebells, but if you are lucky some of the flowers may be
pink or white as well as blue. There is no need to worry about shade
for them as the flowers will be over before the shade gets too deep.If
you want them to continue flowering next year it is important to leave
the leaves to die back naturally to feed the bulbs (at least 6 weeks
after the flowers die).
Adam Schneider wrote:
Yes, they look like bluebells to me too. Unfortunately, I don't thin
they are Hyacinthoides non scripta, the delicate English bluebell tha
creates a beautiful haze of blue in woodlands in May. Instead I thin
these are Hyacinthoides hispanica (known as Spanish bluebells). The
come into leaf much earlier than the English ones and the leaves ar
thicker and strap-like. They are generally a bigger plant, with paler
sometimes wishy-washy blue-violet flowers. The problem with them is tha
they are rampant growers - spreading very fast and also hybridising wit
English bluebells. That may not pose a problem where you are, but yo
might get fed up with trying to eradicate them from parts of you
garden where you don't want them. The bulbs go really deep too, s
they are hard to dig out.
An update, if anyone cares: it turns out they're Spanish Bluebells.
Give yourself a pat on the back if that was your guess. :)
They sure do take up a lot of space, but I'm not too bothered, as our
front "yard" is just covered in bark mulch anyway. If they interfere
with our new Star Magnolia or Mexican Oranges, though, I'll start
kicking some bluebell butt.
They will have absolutely no effect on your magnolias or oranges.
Just leave them alone until all the leaves turn brown, then trim and
wait for next years bloom. I've had clumps in my garden around
roses, St John's Wort, pansies, spieria, lilacs, etc. and they've
never caused a problem.
You may want to thin them every 5 - 6 years. Just dig deep enough to
find the bulbs, seperate them, and replant.
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