Posts Tagged ‘Bluebells’

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.

Bluebells in front garden

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



Read Full Post »

I hope that you have all had a lovely Easter. Over the holidays we managed to get away in the caravan to Silverdale and had a great time although it was a little bit chilly but the cold weather didn’t seem to put off the wildlife.

The Adventurer Feeder

When we go on holiday we always take with us a couple of Bird Feeders (one for Seed or Sunflower Hearts and one for Peanuts) to put up near the caravan. This is something that anyone could do and you can often attract different species that you wouldn’t get in your garden. Within half an hour we had Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Great Tits, and Robins and were thrilled when a couple of Marsh Tits and Jays arrived later on.

A hungry Pheasant

The fallen seeds on the ground attracted Blackbirds, Jackdaws, Magpies and Pheasants, it was not just the birds that were hungry, Grey Squirrels were regular visitors and their acrobatics were very funny to watch but they did tend to monopolise the feeders, and had started to chew them, we shall have to invest in some Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders for our next holiday.

Whether you are at home or on holiday keep feeding the birds, they need your help throughout the year not just during winter.

Small Guardian Seed Feeder

On one of our woodland walks we were privileged to see a couple of Roe Deer (a female and her year old fawn) later we came across a lovely sunny bank carpeted with our native Bluebell, they were stunning and their sweet perfume was delightful. If you get the opportunity go for a walk in your local woods and witness this spectacular sight, as well doing a bit of bird/wildlife spotting (take your Nature Diary with you). You can find out where your nearest Bluebell Wood is by visiting The Woodlands Trust website, here you can also register your local Bluebell Wood so that other people may visit it too.

A stunning Bluebell Wood

So get out there and enjoy your environment.


Read Full Post »