Archive for April 19th, 2011

Bloomin’ Tuesday


(From upper L-R across & down: Scillia hispanica with Candytuft, white Dianthus, Vinca major Variegata, pink Dianthus, Scillia hispanica Alba and Scilla non-scripta or English Bluebells)

Well it’s that time of the week again when we show what’s blooming in our gardens.  Some new blooms for me this week include this charming little Scilla hispanica or Spanish Bluebell as it’s commonly called.  I have tons of the blue form and it also comes in a pink variety as well.  But I really love this white flowering type known as ‘Alba’ which is a bit more petite in stature than the typical blue one. The vining Vinca major is starting to bloom in the hanging containers on my shed.  I keep this aggressive creeper in check by containing it in pots.  It overwinters in these plastic planters and occasionally I repot it after cutting back the rootball and putting in fresh potting mix.  The variegated foliage looks great all season even after it stops blooming.  Plus it gives some interest to that blank shed wall that faces the garden. Grandma has the English Bluebells which are actually more of a lavender blue shade growing in her garden bed.  Their smaller in size than the Spanish Bluebells and the flowers are a more pastel tone.  More blooms from her garden bed include both of these Dianthus.  They love our cooler spring temps and will rebloom again in the fall after going dormant through the summer months.  Well that’s what is blooming in my garden this week.  To see more Bloomin’ Tuesday posts or to join in on the fun this week, please visit our gracious host Jean Ms Greenthumb.