Q When I dug out a bed I found lots of these bulbs – what are they from?
Mrs Rachel Allen, Bishops Castle, Shropshire
A I feel sure they are bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) bulbs. The British wildflower also masquerades under the name of Scilla non-scripta and Endymion nutans.
Its leaves die back in summer and reappear for following spring.
It is a much-cherished plant and should be encouraged. Alternatively, the bulbs may be of Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica) whose trumpets encircle the stem, rather than develop on one side as is characteristic of the English bluebell.
Bluebell bulbs die back in summer and regenerate each spring