Saturday, March 21, 2015

Grape hyacinth

Now these really are associated with spring in my book. Grape hyacinths in the garden are almost always Muscari armeniacum as opposed to M. neglectum which is the wild species found only in a few places in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire in dry grassland and hedgebanks. The latter has slightly larger and darker flowers. The specimen in the photo is a rather diminuitive one and unusual in that it's growing almost on its own. It was the first in flower this year and I've only seen one or two others out.

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