Little Purple Stems

This must be the height of the Muscari, or grape hyacinth, blooming period! I am in awe of their colorful abundance around Coppertop. About 20 years ago one sister planted some for me in our Virginia garden, and I have loved these little bulbs ever since. They faithfully multiply and return year after year, resisting rot, squirrels, deer, and other threats. Photos tell the story of their beauty.

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While some people call this color cobalt blue, to me they appear a shade of purple.

The Keukenhoff Gardens in The Netherlands has an amazing, mass planting of grape hyacinths they call the Blue River — and these DO look blue! From the web:

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