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Featured In: Around The World
Flowering Bulb Group
Living Maine
The Power of Simplicity
Let There be Light

Taken April 4, 2010 – Canon Rebel Xsi and Canon 100mm Macro
Spring has finally arrived here in Bridgton, Maine. I was so lucky to find this spring beauty while cleaning up an old perennial garden.

Description of Siberian squill: Borne on stems only 4 to 6 inches high, the nodding blue flowers pack quite a punch in the landscape, especially when planted in large numbers. White and double-flowered forms are also available; ‘Spring Beauty’ has larger, deeper blue flowers. The grasslike leaves fade away shortly after flowering ceases. Ease of care: Easy.

Growing Siberian squill: Plant bulbs 2 to 3 inches deep and 3 to 6 niches apart in well-drained soil in fall. Siberian squills are equally at ease in full sun or deep shade. They need winter cold and do poorly in zones 8, 9, and 10.

Propagating Siberian squill: By division.

Uses for Siberian squill: Although there is no reason this bulb cannot be used in beds and borders, it is so ideally suited to naturalizing that it is generally used that way. Some lawns literally turn blue in the spring due to the number of Siberian squills that grow there.

Siberian squill related species: Scilla Tubergiana, bears white flowers with blue stripes. S. bifolia, a tiny early-spring bloomer, has blue, white, or pink flowers. An entire category of spring bulbs, the bluebells or wood hyacinths, has been taken out of the genus Scilla and put into the genus Endymion (sometimes called Hyacinthoides). Spanish bluebell (E. hispanica) and English bluebell (E. nonscripta) are typical of this group, with straplike leaves and 15-inch stalks of blue, white, or pink bell-shaped flowers.

Scientific name of Siberian squill: Scilla siberica

I’m 60+ Years Old and a Resident of Bridgton, Maine

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Comments

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

  • Hello Gina: Spring has finally arrived here in Maine. I was so lucky to find this spring beauty while cleaning up an old perennial garden. So happy that you like the image.

    – T.J. Martin

  • John Poon
    John Poonover 4 years ago

    Elegant!

  • Hi John: Thanks very much for the nice compliment. I’m very pleased with the image myself. I took this shot this afternoon while doing some spring cleaning in my perennial garden.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 4 years ago

    A simply lovely composition! Lovely colors and contrasts! : )

  • Sandy: Thanks so very much for the kind comments. Greatly appreciated.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Cathy  Walker
    Cathy Walkerover 4 years ago

    stunning

  • Hello Cathy: I appreciate the very nice compliment. So pleased that you like this image and have added it to your list of favorites. Thanks so much.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Susanne Correa
    Susanne Correaover 4 years ago

  • Susanne: Thanks for the pleasant surprise. So pleased to read that my “Early Spring Beauty” was selected to be featured in Around The World. That’s such a nice compliment. May thanks to the hosts and group members.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Evita
    Evitaover 4 years ago

    ♥ Beautiful !!! :D ♥

  • Hello Evita: Thank you for the nice comments. Very pleased that you like this image “Early Spring Beauty”.

    – T.J. Martin

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • Hello Justart: Thanks so much for the nice compliment. Much appreciated.

    – T.J. Martin

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergover 4 years ago

    Lovely work.

    Debra

  • Hello Debra: Thank you for the very kind comments. So pleased that you like my ’Early Spring Beauty".

    – T.J. Martin

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Hello Cee: Thanks for the warm welcome to the Flowering Bulbs Group. Very pleased to be a member. Looking forward to submitting more images in the future.

    – T.J. Martin

  • jeanniechris
    jeanniechrisover 4 years ago

    Beautiful…………………j

  • Hi Jeannie: Thanks for the nice compliment. Really happy you like this image. It happens to be one of my personal favorites.

    – T.J. Martin

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