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12/04/2014 at 19:36

Wondering if anyone knows what the plant in the foreground is? It looks like some kind of hyacinth to me but I can't find one similar. thanks

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12/04/2014 at 19:37

They look like Bluebells

12/04/2014 at 19:38

Bluebells, of the Spanish variety I believe! Bloomin nuisance in my garden 

12/04/2014 at 19:38

Jinx Matt 

12/04/2014 at 19:43

Definitely Bluebells - I dug up my Spanish last year, trying to only have English ones now but are pink ones English?

12/04/2014 at 19:44

Think the Spanish ones come in pink white and purple - sorry Foodie  At least they do round here!

12/04/2014 at 19:52

Hi Panda have just checked in the plant section here and English bluebells also come in pink and white, I'll see how they come out, if they drop to one side then I'll say they're English and will be very happy shall let you know. They're grown very well this year at least something liked all the rain

12/04/2014 at 19:55

I apologise Foodie, and hope they are indeed English  I'll be hoofing out a lot of my Spanish ones this year as they have spread like billy-oh 

12/04/2014 at 20:00

Ahh Spanish ones are ok too - no apology necessary it's all about gaining info on a subject we all enjoy 

13/04/2014 at 10:24

Thanks all. Judging by what it says here about Spanish ones having upright stems, and here about having non-white pollen, it seems they are Spanish. And that would tally with them having taken over the garden.

13/04/2014 at 11:07

Pretty certan pink ones are not  English natives - they can be hybrids between the English and the Spanish http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17597489 

 

13/04/2014 at 11:09

It should be a good year for wild English Native bluebells - they will have enjoyed the wet winter and now a dry and warm spring will be perfect for them - time to start looking out for places to go and see them http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/bluebells 

14/04/2014 at 09:44

Well if it's that tricky telling the difference maybe I should start charging people to come and see them...

14/04/2014 at 11:45

Good idea it could help to pay for more plants! Identification info for Bluebells: I was told Spanish bluebells are paler than English and the flowers hang around the stem so are more upright where as English bluebells are darker almost a purple blue and hang down the stem on one side so they appear to droop. I think my pink bluebells are Spanish but they're so pretty they can stay

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