Day 82: grape hyacinth

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Once you have muscari (grape hyacinth), you’re probably not getting rid of it, due to its enthusiasm for colonising areas both by self-division of its tiny bulbs and by seed. Just as well it’s such a trooper, being reliable, easy to grow, and unrelentingly cheerful – the tiny blue floral pyramids the perfect foil for daffodils – whether grown in the ground or used to perk up spring containers. Traditionally the flowers are likened to diminutive bunches of grapes, which I find frustrating, as surely they’re the wrong way up? Far better to imagine Smurfs have developed a penchant for stacks of profiteroles, and learned how to farm them in your garden.

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