ONE of our forgotten heroes of the spring garden is Muscari, the Grape Hyacinth
, with its tiny, mostly blue racemes of flowers that give of their best but almost seem to do it without being noticed.
The little bulbs--crocus, scilia, grape hyacinth
, and snowdrops--bloom before winter is over.
If you have purchased or received as gifts any of the spring-flowering bulbs such as scillas, croci, grape hyacinths
, tulips, daffodils and hyacinth, enjoy them today.
THE famous "Blue River" planting of grape hyacinths
or muscari at the Keukenhof Gardens in Holland can be copied as a modest trickle through a small lawn or sunny border.
And in every room you will find a vase of fresh flowers, here in the dining room it's Marie's favourite grape hyacinths
Many are suited to growing in containers with other spring flowers such as pansies and polyanthus and can even twin up with grape hyacinths
to give longer displays of colour.
You can have a mass of colour and fragrance indoors in winter with deliciously scented hyacinths, hippeastrums, irises, grape hyacinths
, snowdrops and miniature daffodils, which can all brighten up your home in winter.
Other great showpieces will include a river of grape hyacinths
sweeping across the roof of Eden's Link Building between the world-famous Biomes and stunning displays in the Visitor Centre and along the Grand Staircase leading down to the arena.
When planting crocus (pictured), grape hyacinths
and scilla, keep a few back for an early indoor display.
When planting crocus, grape hyacinths
and scilla, keep a few back for an early indoor display
If you've got a window box that you don't want to change every year, plant a drift of crocuses or grape hyacinths
(muscari) for an impressive display which will come up year after year.
She carried a hand-tied bouquet of mini calla lilies, white tulips, Italian ruscus, and grape hyacinths
Going by what you may have seen in local parks and community gardening schemes, spring bulbs are limited to red tulips or sometimes a few blue grape hyacinths
For a designer look, consider a succession of blooms that will start with pink tulips, move to blue grape hyacinths
and end with yellow daffodils.
Blue-flowered grape hyacinths
are neither grapes nor hyacinths, but really kinds of Muscari, Middle Eastern plants that are among our most popular spring bulbs.