The Secret Life Of Bluebells

 

I have a shame of a very botanical nature; I have Spanish Bluebells growing in my garden. Yes that’s right, you heard me, Spanish!

How do I know this to be so? Well, our native Bluebells are never pink, oh and I also have white! Apparently the white is simply the blue that lacks pigment, a kind of Albino form. I do have millions of blue though so some of them have to be native surely? Does any of this matter? Of course not, a Bluebell by any other name should smell, well look so sweet (native smell sweet, Spanish apparently…don’t).

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When mentioned in English literature, Bluebells symbolise solitude and regret. Tennyson speaks of Bluebell juice being used to cure snake-bites. I cannot endorse this and would recommend you seek medical attention at your earliest convenience. 😉

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Why do we love Bluebells so much? It’s thought that the UK has at least half the worlds Bluebell population, if you’ve seen a woodland vista with a deep blue carpet, you may well subscribe to this.   However take a look at their individual beauty. The little trumpets that seem to herald Spring (except when we’ve had a ghastly prolonged Winter),  the way the petals curve back, but perhaps most of all, they are not just blue, they are many shades of blue, pink and white.  Totes amazing! 🙂

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