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jeatacake

St Helens (zone 9a) I grow flowers, fruit & veg in some great clay soil here. Prefer the exotic & unusual & to share tips, ideas, seeds etc.

Hyacinthoides non-scripta

  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2020
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awomanonabike

I may be mistaken Jeff but those look horribly like Spanish bluebells to me 🤔

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jeatacake

Oh! I thought if they were scented they were the English ones? Maybe I got that the wrong way round? 🤔 Oh, the Chilean Glory vine seeds are coming up BTW! 👍 @awomanonabike

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awomanonabike

English ones are certainly scented but not sure you can use that to differentiate them. I’ll tag you in a post about them. Great news about the Chilean Glory vine 👍

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ublaszko

I'd say they're most likely English bluebells because they're scented, have yellow pollen and curved petals. Also, the flowers are almost all on one side of the stem. https://www.plantlife.org.uk/uk/blog/whats-the-difference-between-spanish-bluebells-and-english-bluebells @jeatacake @awomanonabike

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awomanonabike

It may be the exposure but these look pale for English ones but Urszula is right, the creamy colour of the pollen is probably the most reliable way to tell the difference @ublaszko

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ublaszko

I was thinking the same. The colour is a bit pale but I know when I've tried to take photos of bluebells before they came out the wrong shade. Same with my purple iris reticulata Harmony or Pixie, both come out lighter blue than they actually are. 😥 @awomanonabike

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richard.spicer.7906

It’s quite possible also that it’s a hybrid between the two. Hyacinthoides x massartiana is apparently more common than the standard Spanish one, and it will have variable features reminiscent of both English and Spanish parents @jeatacake @awomanonabike @ublaszko

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ublaszko

👍👍 @richard.spicer.7906

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awomanonabike

Wot he said ⬆️😉😂 @richard.spicer.7906

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jeatacake

Apologies folks for causing such a furore! Not wishing to stir up more controversy, but I've been looking at them more closely today. They are very slightly darker in real life. They do have creamy yellow stamens & the flowers are on one side, which isn't I don't think due to their orientation to the sun. Anyway, whatever they are, I like them & they're from my late mother's garden, who had them since I was knee high to a grasshopper or longer! @awomanonabike @ublaszko @richard.spicer.7906

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awomanonabike

😂 No need to apologise. Apologies from me though for filling up your post 🙄😊 I’m glad that they are native. That and the fact they were in your mother’s garden make them all the more wonderful!

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jeatacake

Thanks Jacqueline. Yours and everyone else's input is very much appreciated 🙂👍 Having once been my ma's is the most important thing 😊 @awomanonabike & the little Chilean glory vines are still thriving! 😊👍

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