Now we’ve had some proper Spring weather, with warmer temperatures and sunny days, the colour is taking off. First up is my favourite crocus, C. tommasinianus ‘Whitewell Purple’.
In the sun it shimmers, and attracts the bees who feast on it’s bounteous pollen.
Also adding colour are the small reticulata Irises. This is Iris ‘Cantab’. The above photo was taken on a cloudy day, with that below on very sunny day, where you again get that shimmery kind of glow.
The word reticulata comes from the light brown netted (reticulate) tunic which encloses the bulb of this species. I can attest to noticing this when planting the bulbs, but sadly didn’t think to take a photo.
These have been planted in my Wisteria border, and I think the purple and blues look gorgeous together.
This is a young patch under the young Amelanchier tree, and I look forward to them spreading. Eventually, the aim is to have a mat of purples and blues in this border, flowering in early Spring.
Oh so pretty!