Friday, May 30, 2014

Delightful, graceful Canterbury Bells

The Canterbury Bells I grew are in the glass vase, with some sweet peas of a similar color.
I adore Canterbury Bells, and planted two small plants in 4 inch size containers two years ago. The first year they form a low clump, and the second year they grow 2 feet to 3 feet tall and are loaded with the violet blue flowers. The flowers are 1 to 2 inches long.
Canterbury Bells can be grown readily from seed (I read this), and come in white, pink, blue and purple. Their Latin name is Campanula medium, also called Bell Flowers.
I took the first photo below on May 30 when they are in full bloom. The next two photos were taken as they began to bloom in mid-May. I have seen a few bees go inside them and fly away happy.



38 comments:

Shelia said...

Hi Terra! Your flowers are so beautiful! I've never seen Canterbury Bells in person before. Yours are so lovely. Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Lynda said...

These are so pretty! I never knew Canterbury bells are also know as bell flowers.

Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

Cathy said...

I love Canterbury bells and have them in my garden too.

Dee said...

Terra these flowers are delightful.

Mari said...

They are so pretty!

Linda said...

These are gorgeous!! I love the 'bells!' I have never seen these and wonder if they would grow in Texas!

Happyone said...

Lovely!!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Lovely! Simple and elegant!

Susan said...

Oh Terra...I love the bells! So pretty. A friend told me recently that roses called "Oklahoma" are extremely fragrant. Have you heard of them? Susan

Michelle said...

Just beautiful!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

They're really a beautiful flower, I can just about smell them from here! :-)!

June said...

So pretty Terra! I love Canterbury Bells too. They are one of the loveliest blues in the garden.
sending hugs...

farmlady said...

Canterbury Bells... what a lovely name... and how pretty they are. I have never planted any and, looking at yours, I think I should.
Lovely in the vase with the sweet peas.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I have tried growing Canterbury Bells, but have had no luck. It might get too hot here in the summer. I see them around here in garden centers, but my thought is that they are only for spring in these parts.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

They are one of my favorite flowers also. I didn't plant any this year, why I don't know. We hardly had Spring we went right into a Hot Summer. It has cooled off some now, but I am afraid we are in for it.
Have a great weekend.
Mary

Denise said...

Very lovely.

Kimmie said...

Your Canterbury Bells are oh so pretty. When I lived in Melbourne I could have them gorwing but not here in tropical Brisbane. Too humid sadly.

Introverted Art said...

they are just magnificent...beautiful shades of lilac...

Shelly said...

These are exquisite!

LV said...

I love flowers and these are unusual. Very pretty.

Blackberry Lane said...

I have never grown Canterbury Bells but I do have a vintage print of the Canterbury Bell Fairy.

Sparky @ My Thoughts Exactly said...

The Canterbury's are very pretty. I wish they'd grow here.
Y'all have a wonderful week. ~:)

Beth said...

I love the canterbury bells. So beautiful!

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S. Etole said...

These are such a pretty flower. I am wondering what zone you are in that you can grow them from seed.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Thanks for the information, I have always wanted to grow them. Yours are beautiful!

Carla from The River said...

Beautiful!! I have never seen one of these flowers before. Thank you for sharing.
Carla

Arija said...

Thank you for your suggestion.Unfortunately we only have rain water which is limited and has to last until the (hopefully) autumn rains. Our micro-climate is much like yours in California and lately our summer temps have been a good deal higher.
There is just so much one can have in pots as they dry out so quickly, I already have my hyacinths, lilies and Orchids in pots as well as favourites like Daphne odora. My sink water just does not stretch any further.
Thanks for stopping by.

Felisol said...

Oh, I love Campanulas, even if mine are size small. They're a sight for soar eyes, art made by God.
Gardening is one of my favourite activities. I cannot imagine how a life without sowing, planting,even fertilizing and weeding must be. It's in my genes. My grandmother also loved her flowers, in-and outdoors. "It's life," she used to say, "It's life.

forgetmenot said...

What lovely flowers. I'll have to plant some in my garden. Mickie :)

Sam I Am...... said...

I thought I was following you but evidently not....I am now! I love our bell flowers. I wonder if they would grow down here in this heat...if not I will be planting some when I go North for sure.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I did not know Canterbury bells were so pretty, thanks for sharing. have a great weekend Diane

Musings, Tea, and Me said...

I love your post - your flowers are beautiful! I had no luck growing Canterbury Bells and I think it's because I put them in bad soil. After seeing yours, maybe I'll try them again. -Vickie

Pom Pom said...

Hi Terra! I put your blog on my blog roll so I won't miss any posts.
Canterbury Bells ARE so pretty! Your garden is gorgeous.

Joyful said...

Those are so pretty. I've never seen them before but flowers of any kind always bring a smile to my face.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

very pretty!!!

Casa Mariposa said...

Beautiful!! I love their cup shape. Are they an annual or perennial for you?

xinex said...

These are so pretty, Terra. I miss my garden in Natchez. thank you so much for praying for Rea...christine

Jenny said...

I love Canterbury Bells! Yours are gorgeous...and I didn't know they grew in pink, too! Wow!