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LATE SPRING IN THE GARDEN

by John Yeo

COLOURFUL WILD AND WONDERFUL

WEDNESDAY 22nd APRIL 2020

The garden in late Spring is full of colourful special flowers. Blue Forget-me-nots and the interesting, Indian Lily flowers vie with Purple Tulips for space, food and sunlight. Pink ragged edged Tulips happily thrive alongside the magnificent Pink Camelias that are coming to the end of their flowering cycle. This year we are lucky to see some bright Orange Wallflowers; these are perennial plants. There’s a bold Red Tulip hidden away, almost swamped, by the brilliant Orange colour of the Wallflowers.

The blue pyramid-shaped plant in the foreground is the interesting Camas plant, alternatively named, Indian Lily or Wild Hyacinth. I understand this plant is widespread in the USA and the name Indian Lily refers to the North American Indians. The bulbs apparently are edible and after getting slowly cooked for one to three days edible sugars are broken down, the roots were an important staple of the Native American Indian’s diet. Margaret and I grow these fascinating plants for their looks. The voraciously spreading blue Forget-me-nots make an excellent backdrop allowing the impressive showy purple Tulips to come into their own.

The impressive Pink ragged-edged Tulips growing in the foregoing of the photograph above highlight the Camelia flowers still growing on the shrub behind. These are a lovely hybrid variety of Tulips, I bought these bulbs from a market stall and they have been an excellent investment. I expect them to develop into some nice clumps of blooms eventually. The photograph below shows our Camelia shrub in all its full flowered glory.

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