Camassia quamash – well worth waiting for!
I added a new banner picture today because I was so thrilled with these flowers and, as you can see, the bees love them!
I ordered the bulbs from Sarah Raven last autumn. I hoped that they would look stunning left to naturalise in the grass as I had already decided to let it become a ‘wild meadow’. Carol Klein’s wonderful book, ‘Life in a Cottage Garden’ described them and the photos looked too good to resist. What do you think?
I realised a couple of years ago that the grass was never going to be a ‘lawn’. The endless routine of scarifying, moss killing, weed-and-feed was not for me. At our previous garden we had a ‘wildflower meadow’ at the far end under a mature tree. In this small garden I realised that I missed the constant buzz of insects, the changes throughout the season and the sheer variety of plants, flowers and wildlife that it attracted.
So, I decided that I could try to adapt our small suburban patch of grass. Here is a more detailed view of the Camassia. They are such a rich blue, not purple like the flowers on the Chelsea Flower Show television programme this evening.
A welcome surprise this evening after work… next I need to see whether any of the tomato seeds are worth keeping.
Lets hope the sunny weather is here to stay!