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The Marge Simpson of the Garden

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muscari latifolium

muscari latifolium

I first spotted this grape hyacinth at Kew Gardens last year and had to have a go at growing it.

Like most grape hyacinths, the flower resembles an upside down bunch of grapes. But the crowning glory for this one is the tufty light blue top. No surprise then that it’s been described as ‘the Marge Simpson of the garden‘.

We planted the bulbs last autumn in a small terracotta pot and left them outside over the winter. And we’ve been rewarded with a fabulous display of tufty spring flowers for the past couple of weeks.

They’re easy to grow provided they have a free-draining soil (hence the reason for planting in pots rather than directly into our heavy clay borders) and they have that quirky touch that children love.


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