Agapanthus inapertus - study in blue

I promised a post on a spot nearby where the Agapanthus inapertus flower in sheets at this time of year. Here it is.

Massed Agapanthus inapertus

I am cheating a little, for these pics are five years old. I was there last week and realised I needed to return in thick jeans and gumboots, due to the brambles and the dampness of this marshy area – and when eventually I do that, it might be too late. Besides: these are of the loveliest photos I ever took!

In a marshy area - a huge field of Agapanthus inapertus

You can read more about Agapanthus inapertus, which calls ‘Here am I!’ so elegantly at this time of year, over here.  Its hanging, tubular flowers are different from all other agapanthus, and its deciduous nature is unusual.

Agapanthus inapertus is unusual in that the open flowers hang down

The depth of blue varies, but most are a particularly lovely, deep shade.

Agapanthus inapertus is of the deepest blue of all agapanthus

A clump in my garden is flowering beautifully, creating a foreground through which to view Alfred’s Arches from the top terrace.

Looking through agapanthus inapertus towards Alfred's Arches

With a bit of imagination you can see in the above pic some more of them along Alfred’s Arches, amongst the rudbeckias. Here they are from close by.

Alfred's Arches with rudbeckia and agapanthus inapertus

All of these we grew from seed collected off wildings in the garden. I think we should do so again – even if it takes several years for a clump to develop its full potential!


12 thoughts on “THE WILD BLUE YONDER

  1. A marshy agapanthus? Not really appropriate for me in drought ridden California. Too bad. That is a nice saturated blue and the tubular flowers are a winner for me.

    • Being winter dormant and liking wet summers they will definitely be quite high maintenance for you, Mark – as they are for Diana at Elephant’s Eye.

  2. That is a wonderful shade of blue. The second photo looks like it could be a Van Gogh painting, with those horizontal planes of color. If I had taken that photo, I would have it framed and hanging in a room somewhere.

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