My idea is to start the dark blue flower spikes of 'Orion', and both the white and the deep violet form of Camassia
cusickii and Camasia leichtlinii are also great to provide lofty interest in a border, reaching up to 2'6"; Camassia
leichtlinii has a semi double creamy white cultivar, 'Semiplena'.
They are camassias
from America and Canada, which, despite being hardy, very easy to grow and beautiful, are seldom planted here.
"It flowers for a lot longer than other camassias
, likes heavy soil and virtually nothing kills it," he enthuses.
Det Insp Mark Salt, who is leading Operation Camassia
, told The Birmingham Post: 'Inquiries are continuing into allegations of sexual and physical abuse of children at homes in the West Midlands area.
It is believed Operation Camassia
, which was set up at Aldridge police station in January 2000 to look initially into Tennal, is now one of the biggest child abuse inquiries in the country.
What a treasure trove - scores of tulip varieties, some old, some new, alongside a brand new camassia
, ' Transported into the heart 'of the jungle, you could almost hear the parakeets 'Maybelle', with deeper blue flowers than usual, a more compact habit and a later flowering season, vied for attention with exquisite summer-flowering bulbs.
I discovered a whole tray of pots of camassia
from last year, 20 in all, and though it stood outside all winter, they are doing well.
'Electra' with its huge lilac blue flowers blooms in late April.
This week's online offer is for 25 Camassia
esculenta for just pounds 2.45 - that's half price.
Good specimens for naturalising in grass include crocus, narcissi, muscari, camassia
, erythronium, snowdrops, scilla and ornithogalum.
Chris Ireland-Jones, owner of specialist Avon Bulbs (www.avonbulbs.co.uk, tel 01460 242 177), says that if he could only plant one bulb type this autumn it would be the Camassia
'Electra', with its huge lilac blue flowers blooming in late April.