‘I am very pleased with my Camassias!’

Its the sort of remark that Geoff Hamilton(of sacred memory) would use to open a tele-bite.

Am I the only one old enough to remember him? And how far off those innocent days seem , when Geoff would each year show us how to divide herbaceous plants, put up trellis and how to make lumps of rock out of concrete!

Now the shows, blogs and magazines are full of ‘garden porn’.  At once more sophisticated and more basic.

You’ve seen everyone else’s bulbs. So here are mine: 

 These were moved here 5 years ago from another location in the garden and here I don’t need to pass by them every day. So I noticed the buds unfirling last week and stopped visiting for a few days. So withholding the pleasure and increasing the impact.

Pleased? I practically punched the air!

They should not be happy here. But I think we can say they are. The RHS 4 ‘Volumer’ says ‘ Grow in deep fertile humus rich  and reliably moisture retentive loamy soils.

Well, frankly none of those apply here.

I tried with one bulb which seemed fine. I then moved the lot here, but kept them in one clump so that they were easy to rescue if they started to decline. They haven’t and so this year they are going to be split into single bulbs in drifts throughout the border.

This border is work in progress and I am looking to establish all sorts of special plants of which Camassia can be the star of May time!

Why do I love it? It is such an unusual colour. Truly blue, but smokey and slatey and completely luscious.

The RHS very worthily tell me that it was an important food source for Native Americans.

The only way I am eating these is with my eyes!

Robert

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