Posted: 17/06/2015 at 23:29
Thanks everybody for responding. I suspect they are schubertii - having scanned the web they certainly look like them. The devil is, I had planned Purple Sensation and have a load of them planted amongst Heuchera Lime Marmalade where I thought the purple would really be a great dramatic contrast. Now wherever I have these alliums, they are so pale that you hardly notice them at all and they are too short. Our sunshine has gone and it's been dull for days and forecast is dull for days to come. They are taking an age to fully open.
I'm a bit pathetic feeling so disappointed - thought I'd cracked something eye-catching for this year with little effort i.e. planting the bulbs to last a few years.
Not been my week. In the middle of having to take up weed suppressor with 4" of slate chippings I put down 4 years ago. I'd been casually tramping all over it, spilling soil, filling pots on the top of it and spilling more soil, until it became a right mess. I started to pull it all up yesterday and thought I could water blast the chippings and aim to renew the suppressor and put them down again. I gave up - took me hours to blast one bucketful amount of stones with mud everywhere using a sieve and several buckets. I'd need the hose on for hours to do it. So got despondent and have called someone to come and take the lot away - hopefully they will agree to do it. The suppressant is coming up really easily so the earth and chippings just need to be taken away. So now I'm having to think about what to replace it with that I can do myself. Probably gravel for the cheap quick option. However, I bought some 'decorative' slabs - then tripped over them carrying a couple and broke them. Bruised and battered and fed up. Ha! So going to have to get someone to do that for me as well.
A woman's work is never done - but - 'tomorrow is another day'. Sigh!