Or two or three or....
This is Triteleia uniflorum Wisley Blue, or at least it was when I bought it. This unassuming little perennial has been known by no less than five different names. Why ? Are the botanists trying to confuse us, or have they just got too much time on their hands ? Yes, it has also been known as Brodiaea, Ipheion, Milla and Tristagma. But I will continue to give it the name that was on the plant label.
I planted two clumps many years ago, one at the front of a sunny border, and the other on top of a dry stone wall in shade. The clump in the border has long since gone, but the clump on the dry stone wall is thriving, they obviously like the well-drained position.
Today we moved the clocks forward one hour to British Summer Time. It certainly feels like summer in the afternoons, but we are having a lot of fog in the mornings, which reminds me of the saying:
'As many mists in March,
As there are frosts in May.'
It's been a strange day in the garden today, hardly any birds around at all. Even the blue tits were conspicuous by their absence. They spent most of yesterday in and out of the nestbox, obviously doing the decorating, but today no sign of them. I decided to do a bit of investigating, and discovered a squirrel asleep near the top of the hawthorn tree, and more worryingly, a sparrowhawk in the neighbour's tree. But as dusk approached, the birds returned, including the blue tits, phew.