Blue bulbs in bloom mid February

Gastil Gastil-Buhl
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:49:38 PST
Here are some blue and purple flowering bulbs now open in my garden. Several of these were planted a couple months later than normal and all were delayed in receiving their first fall watering. 

Romulea linarsii - just opened the first sunny day in awhile
Crocus minimus - one last bloom just finishing
Scilla peruviana - just a few early ones starting to open
Ixia rapunculoides - peak bloom in the plunge bed but still in bud in an adjacent raised bed
Gladiolus caeruleus - past peak bloom, with one stalk still blooming in the sand plunge
Tristagma uniflorum (syn. Ipheion uniflorum) - just beginning, started opening a couple weeks ago
Iris reticulata - only one of the five varieties is open
Freesia laxa - at peak bloom now, with the first early flowers already forming seed pods

Two non-geophyte annuals in this set of photos I use as reference blue colors: Baby blue eyes and Cornflower. 
The color chart included in each photo is a way of precisely comparing blue hues.…

There are also just a few Muscari which opened after the day I took those photos. 
The Dichelostemma capitatum are in bud.
And a Moraea polystachya bud was tight this morning but I expect tomorrow it will open.

- Gastil
Santa Barbara, California
34.5 N latitude, 91 ft elevation, approximately zone 9b or 10a 

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