Sunday, April 17, 2011


Scilla has been on my mind these past days, as it is the next thing blooming in the gardens. The above and below plants are of different genera, but they look very similar. The photograph of the below plant was taken at Sibyelle Kreutzberger's garden in England. I wrongly assumed it to be a Scilla and she, being the most impressive plantswoman I have ever met, told me that it was in fact a Puschkinia scilloides (the species name letting you know just how similar it is to Scilla). I was impressed and soon discovered it blooming at Hidcote all along pathways of the Pillar Garden. The above photograph is taken at Gordon and Mary's garden here in Vermont and I wrongly assumed it to be Puschkinia. It turns out that the above flowering bulb is indeed a Scilla (Scilla mischtschenkoana)! As far as I can tell the flowers on the Scilla are larger and less striped than that of the Puschkinia. These are the mysteries that keep me up at night!

Scilla bifolia 'Rosea'


  1. Scilla has not been on my mind but now it is...I hope I can sleep.

  2. Silly about the scilla! ANd when you have been gardening as long as I have, you are pleased if you remember a name that is any where near the right one!