My front garden is at its best at the moment it is packed full of Bluebells, not an inch of soil can be seen, it looks stunning and the heady sweet perfume that greets me when I open the front door is wonderful the Bees love the Bluebells too.
Hybrid Bluebells in my garden
There are actually 3 types of Bluebell in the UK
The English (native) Bluebell
The narrow bell shaped flowers are violet-blue with straight-sided petals which curl deeply back at the tips, they hang from the same side of the stem which droops over to form an arch, their pollen is creamy white and their leaves are narrow (0.7-2cm wide).
The Spanish Bluebell
Originally from Spain and Portugal their larger flowers open wider with the petal tips curling back only slightly, most flowers are arranged all around the stem which is straight and does not hang over. The flowers can be pale to mid blue, white or pink and the pollen is deep blue they have wider leaves (3-3.5cm) across.
The Hybrid Bluebell – a cross between the native Bluebell and the Spanish Bluebell
The flowers can range from dark to pale blue, pink or white with pale to deep blue pollen and may hang from one side or all around the stem, they can show characteristics from both parent Bluebells.
When identifying Bluebells it is important to look at the flowers that have just opened.
English Bluebells and Spanish Bluebells can spread quite quickly and can sometimes become a problem but there is concern that the Hybrid Bluebell could potentially take over from our Native Bluebell, gardeners have been advised not to grow Spanish Bluebells in rural gardens close to woodland where the English Bluebell is growing.
The woodlands of the UK are home to almost 50% of the global population of our native Bluebell which means that it is very important that do all we can to keep this iconic spring flower.
If you are digging up Bluebell bulbs in your garden dispose of the bulbs carefully, never plant or discard them in the countryside and make sure the bulbs are dead by drying them out thoroughly before putting them on the compost.
A woodland carpet of Bluebells is a wonderful sight, this Bank holiday weekend if you get the opportunity why not get outdoors and enjoy the Bluebells where you live.
Have a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend