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By pamelajean
I found this lovely specimen at Wisley Gardens, in April last year. It produces a huge flower head of steely-blue flowers that is especially dramatic when in bud, and it was my intention to shoot from above and get a burst of those buds and stems.

Their arrival in this country led to their unlikely name when they were originally transported to Bristol on a ship called the Peru which had sailed from the Mediterranean, not South America. Itís not, as the name suggests, from Peru. Originally named Hyacinthus stellatus peruanus, itís thought that 16th Century botanist Carolus Clusius mistook the fact that the bulbs had arrived on a ship named ĎPeruí for this being their country of origin. Linneaus perpetuated the error by renaming the plant Scilla peruviana in 1753, and the name stuck.
Clusiusí bulbs had in fact come from somewhere in the Western Mediterranean, rendering the present common name, Portuguese squill, more accurate than the Latin.

Grateful thanks to those of you who were interested enough in my mosaic abstract to leave your kind votes, comments and awards.


Tags: Bulb Flowers and plants Mediterranean Peruviana Portuguese Squill Cuban lily Hyacinth of Peru Peruvian jacinth Hyacinthus stellatus peruanus Asparagaseae Steely-blue flowers

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franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2020 12:53PM
Very nice, Pamela.
12 Aug 2020 1:02PM
Superb shot! David
12 Aug 2020 1:15PM
Lovely image and presentation, Pamela.SmileSmile
12 Aug 2020 1:17PM
Beautiful image Pamela,
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2020 2:04PM
Radiant !! Excellent image and content...
Isabel GrinGrin
Really great capture

chase Plus
15 2.1k 540 England
12 Aug 2020 2:11PM
Had I not read your description, I would have thought this was an Agapanthus centre, very similar and easily mistaken.
gconant Plus
10 31 1 United States
12 Aug 2020 2:23PM
Very impressive, with everything radiating outward like it does.
The information made it even more impressive.

Fefe Plus
9 54 35 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2020 2:31PM
Beautiful detail and colour Pamela Grin
mac Plus
19 11 Scotland
12 Aug 2020 2:46PM
Super crisp details and colours in the flower. It takes me all my time to name a flower so great to get more of their history.
manicam 16 44 1 Canada
12 Aug 2020 3:29PM
Magnificent imageGrinGrinGrin

adagio Plus
2 3 2 England
12 Aug 2020 3:33PM
Beautiful and vibrant Pamela, it really draws you into the frame.

Mike_Smith Plus
13 722 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2020 5:25PM
What a fantastic image Pam, super pov. And sharp and detailed with great colour
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2020 6:14PM
A very dramatic and detailed close up
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
12 Aug 2020 7:08PM
A floral explosion - beautiful image Pamela.
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2020 7:24PM
dramatic and what a beautiful frame filler Pamela
Saastad Plus
1 16 15 Norway
12 Aug 2020 8:34PM
Beautiful work!
My award!

Arne Smile
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
12 Aug 2020 9:58PM
Whatever their name--It provides a most exciting image! Splendid work!
12 Aug 2020 11:01PM
Beautiful work Pam..Lin
Super image lovely detail and colour it just goes to show how easily things can get very mixed up.

LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2020 12:28AM
Lovely image beautifully framed.
13 Aug 2020 1:46AM
Beautiful image of this Scilla and interesting description.
13 Aug 2020 3:02AM
You floral imagery working itís magic once again Pamela , Stellar work,
Best regards
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 17 England
13 Aug 2020 10:55AM
It's very lovely, Pamela, and a super capture and presentation, too 😃👍
Trev 😀
capto Plus
8 6.6k 25 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2020 10:26PM
Beautifully dynamic.Smile
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
24 Aug 2020 11:30AM
magnificent !!!
So beautiful!!! Love it.
Debmercury 1 25 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2020 6:40PM

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