Wednesday, May 20

Feeling Blue


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  1. Those are Spanish Bluebells, aren't they? What is your view on the relative merits of the Spanish and English types?

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    1. I think that they are actually hybrids a cross between the English and Spanish, Mark as they have some features if each.

      We planted them before we knew they caused a problem for native bluebells and are not an easy thing to be rid of. The problem is that they hybridise and cam eliminate our true natives when grown in proximity which fortunately these aren't. Also they are rather invasive so I wouldn't plant them nowadays although they are pretty.

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  2. Gorgeous, so calming and tranquil looking.

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  3. Beautiful. I so love blue flowers. Though I think most that I planted in my new bed are really more on the purple side.

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    1. It's surprisingly difficult oi find true blue flowers, Daphme many descibed as blue turn out to be purple.

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  4. I have the same two in my front garden, your photographs would always be better than mine though x

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    1. These are both on the plot, Jo, The cornflower becomes straggly after flowering but responds well to being cut back hard and regrows very quickly

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  5. I think it's the time of year where blue overtakes yellow. I enjoyed watching the video on your last post, I do like to hear you both chatting through it, it makes it a bit more personal.

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    1. We'll never ne asked to present on TV, Jo but at least we manage without an autocue or script.

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  6. I think the flowers in those first photos are what I know of as bachelor buttons? We have lots of them as well - they are just about to bloom. But like Daphne, mine are more on the purplish side of the colour spectrum. It still love them, but I do find that blue striking.

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    1. They are Centaurea montana, Margaret which I have recently learned is sometimes called great blue-bottle I think of them as perennial cornflowers. I looked them up and you are right in that they are also sometimes called bachelors buttons

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  7. Lovely fresh blue Sue.

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  8. Your blues have certainly cheered me up!xxx

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  9. Lovely, Sue, I do love blue blooms :-)

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  10. Gorgeous - I love blue in the garden - I have a border where bluebells run riot - I did not plant them and every year dig out bucket loads of them but every year they come back in abundance. Not sure if that's a good thing or not!

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    1. Spanish bluebells are invasive Elaine which is another reason why they threaten natives we have them popping up in surprising places

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  11. What a pretty flowers! They really resemble bell as their name! ;)

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  12. The cornflowers are beautiful...you don't see them so much these days. Had no idea those bluebells were hybrids....you see them quite a lot!!

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    1. The Spanish ones are similar, Tanya and sometimes it;s quite difficult to tell whether they are hybrids or not,

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