Scilla natalensis or Merwilla plumbea is flowering in my garden for the second year, so I feel that I’ve managed to give it the right conditions despite our high winter rainfall and clay soil. The flowers are a delicate blue with a tiny bit of pale yellow, flowering a bit at a time to give an effect which reminds me a little of a shorter blue Foxtail Lily.
Although it has the right conditions I’ve made a mistake with some of its companions in the garden, and the flowers despite their height are completely overshadowed by a rampantly flowering lavender and a very purple flowered Salvia officinalis.
In the vase I have tried to avoid this, combining it with Restios, Rosemary, Iris Eye of the Tiger, Iris neomarica buds, White Sage and Lambs Ears.
I realised as I walked around looking for flowers to put with the Scillas how many more of our Spring flowers are native to South Africa: Kniphofia, Angels Fishing Rods, Freesias, Tritonias, Ixias, Sparaxis, Restios, Rhodohypoxis and Velthemia capensis just to name some which are flowering for me right now.
Scilla natalensis are supposed to make good cut flowers; it’s the first time I have tried them so I will find out. Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this meme each week.