Muscari 'Saffier'
Tue, 22 Nov 2005 01:01:29 PST
Jerry Flintoff wrote:

I grew Muscari armeniacum ' Saffier ' in a previous garden and it bore
> racemes of florets that remained closed-- an oddity of curiosity value

I find this a slightly harsh judgement: 'Saffier' IS a curiosity, but it is
a charming plant with elegant long racemes. Amongst the ordinary blue
Muscari armeniacum cultivars it has the advantage of being long-lasting in
flower and not seeding, which I think are valuable properties. It is true
that there are more exciting and attractive Muscari, and to Jerry's list I'd
add M. 'Mount Hood', with white sterile flowers above darker blue fertile
ones in a compact raceme. I also enjoy the monstrose Muscari - the old M.
comosum 'Plumosum' and the newer derivatives of M. armeniacum, 'Blue Spike'
and, especially, 'Fantasy Creation'. They appeal to my love of the bizarre
and curious, although they are not to everyone's taste.

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Garden Manager, Colesbourne Gardens

Sycamore Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP

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