Camassia time

I have been looking forward to this time for a few weeks now – its time for the Camassias to flower.  I love Camassias.  I love their height, the intensity of the blue flowers, their presence in the border. They make a nice change to tulips and I have no idea why more people don’t grow them.

I have had these bulbs for probably 6 years now. They used to be on the back slope but when we put in the workshop they got moved to the Big Border and they have really taken off and are now bulking up well.

Some people complain about the size of the leaves, similar in size to daffodil leaves but thicker and coarser.  In my view, as with any bulbs, you just need to plant them amongst perennials which will grown up and hide the leaves. They also look great with grasses.

I am now thinking I might add some to the front garden, there is certainly enough space.

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  1. Joe Lewis says:

    I’m with you, Helen. They look great. Avon Bulbs have a great variety called Maybelle. I’ve grown it for a couple of years and love it. It comes out about a fortnight after the others and is a really good deep blue. I hope your sunnier garden is still suiting your woodland treasures; I’ve always enjoyed your spring posts the most!

  2. Cathy says:

    Lovely, Helen! I tried several times to grow them here and had flowers last year for the first time – must check whether I am likely to get any this year too!

  3. Not heard of camassia before. I had to look them up. Looks like they may grow well here in Australia. I’ll have to see if I can get them!

  4. Beautiful photos. I must also add I’m a touch envious as i never get such a good display. I suspect my garden is too dry; they always flower later, sometimes not at all and the leaves always seem floppier and more untidy than yours.

  5. djdfr says:

    I’m afraid something may have eaten mine. 😦

  6. It looks as though they provide a lovely tall spike, too!

  7. Yvonne Ryan says:

    WOW I LIKE THEM DON’T KNOW THEM WILL HAVE TO TRY AND GET ACQUAINTED WITH THEM. HAVE BEEN REPOTTING UBLBS AS TOO CROWDED I HAD BETTER REPHRASE THAT MY NO 2 DAUHTER HAS REPOTTED FOR ME AS I AM STIL NOT UP TO GARENING YET AFTER MY STROKE FRUSTRATING BUT PATIENT NEED PATIENCE AND AS LONG AS I DON’T FALL AGAIN SHOULD BE OK OON. MOT FRUWTRATING THIN GIS I AM NOT ALLOWED TO DRIVE TILL SEPT. HERE IS A US AT BOTTOM OF HILL BUT NOT UP TO WALKING THAT FAR ON S HILL. SUGGEST YOU SKIP BOA BLOODY OLD AGE AS A REAL PAIN.

  8. Anna says:

    I’m not sure why I’ve never grown camassias Helen. I’ve seen them in flower at shows and admiring some in a friend’s garden this weekend just on the point of opening up. They look fabulous lit up by the grass in your photo. Do you have a favourite variety?

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Anna
      I’m afraid I don’t know which variety they are. I have some white/cream ones which are later and more leafy.

  9. Helen, I completely agree with you, the Camassias are stunning. I have been growing them for two years now, and I hope to continue.. These are my mother’s favourite, and I gave her one of my own for her birthday!

  10. I fell in love with them a few years ago when I saw swathes of them at Cae Hir Gardens in Wales. I’ve not yet lived somewhere long enough to get them established. So for now I’ll admire your collection. They look really good with those grasses.

  11. Rachel says:

    It’s my first time to hear about Camassia. On the first look at the picture, I briefly thought they look like hyacinths.
    It looks beautiful.Are they easy to grow?

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      I find them easy to grow but it seems from the comments that many dont. They come from the American prairies which can be moist at some times of the year so its worth making sure they have moisture and sunshine

  12. I meet camassia a couple of years ago when walking through the meadow at Parham. I fell in love with it but never thought to have it in my garden – not sure why.

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