After the pink roses, I thought cool blue Corydalis flexuosa ‘Purple Leaf’ would be an interesting contrast. Its decorative, deeply lobed leaves are on the reddish side rather than the purple the name suggests, but are no less attractive for that. Slender green seed pods follow the flowers. Continue reading “Corydalis flexuosa ‘Purple Leaf’”
Regular readers will know of my fascination with blue poppies (meconopsis). My timing has been out and I’ve only seen the odd one or two this year so here’s a picture from Harlow Carr last year.
Sightings of delphiniums are always very welcome too, be they stocky little spires or towering ones. The lovely folk word ‘bee’ describes the petals at centre of each floret. The stocky delphiniums above have white bees and the ones below, lavender-blue ones.
This year hasn’t been a flower dearth – far from it. Rosemoor provided me with as many flowers as I could hope for, even setting aside the roses I shared a fortnight ago. and even though my capacity to hope for flowers is huge. Continue reading “Blue Flowers”
Camassia cusickii is a bulb that naturalises in full sun to partial shade, throwing up sturdy spires of starry, steel blue flowers. Its folk names include Wild Hyacinth and Quamash. English bluebells are contributing their darker blue blur in the picture above. Continue reading “Camassia cusickii”