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I ran away from teaching to the country to grow veggies. There are also some chooks and a pair of troublesome goats who were so much trouble they had to go! My simple green life isn't always as simple or as green as I'd like...but I keep trying!

Monday, November 8, 2010

What is this?

I am feeling very honoured and a bit chuffed because another blogger has reviewed my blog and recommended me to her readers.  

How lovely! Thank you Jean!  

If you have come via Jean's link, I hope you find that I live up to her kind words. Feel free to leave a comment and let me way or the other.  

Now if you haven't come via Jean's link, perhaps you would like to have a look at her blog to see what she is up to in the great U. S of A. 

Here is a link:  Jean's Garden 

Before you go, though....can you tell me what this is?  It has has popped up in the garden.  I think it is a bulb and it has leaves like a hyacinth.  Any clues?


  1. Hello, I have just discovered your lovely blog via Jeans link! It's nice to 'meet' a fellow Victorian garden blogger :)
    You may have other comments waiting for approval that have already said this, but my guess is that your mystery plant is a variety of agapanthus, but I'm no expert ;) Cheers, Heidi.

  2. I agree with Heidi! From far away, it looked like a perennial cornflower, but not with the description you gave. Either that, or it could be some sort of hybrid of a muscari. More likely that it is a type of agapanthus though.

  3. It's actually quite nice when something that you didn't plant yourself just pops up. Sort of relieves you of the responsibility doesn't it?... you can feel free to dig it up if you don't like it, rather than persevere with it just because you paid money for it.

  4. Could it be a Camassia? I have something similar in the garden - though yours could be something else entirely!

  5. I don't know what it is, but it's lovely!
    I came to your blog via Jean's link - she always has excellent recommendations and your blog is no exception!

  6. Hi Hazel,
    This is Scilla peruviana, sometimes erroneously called the Cuban Lily but is actually from Algeria and the Mediterranean (and not Peru as the name might also suggest). There is a white flowering form also. It's very hardy and good under trees. Love your blog.
    cheers Ian

  7. Hi Hazel!
    Ian's right, it's a Scilla peruviana. I have a post on my blog about it ("Pedaços do Éden Algarvio", on Sept. 7th), with a lot of them growing. It's a plant I love, but, unfortunately, as it's rather common, people tend not to appreciate it... Silly! Here, in some areas, people used to put its bulb on a stick and place it next to vegetables in the garden as it was supposed to prevent some insects to lay eggs on the leaves... Cheers!

  8. Thank you to everyone who had a go at identifying this plant. But Ian and Zé Julio were correct. I looked on Zé Julio's blog and it is indeed, scilla peruviana.


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