Bluebells In The Woods

Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta

It is estimated that around half the world’s population of Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) grow here in the UK, although under threat by the introduced Spanish Bluebell (Hyacinthoides hispanica), which have found its way over the garden fence. Bluebells can be an indicator of ancient woodland, and they are essential for pollinating insects like bees. In folklore, it is said that a field of bluebells is intricately woven with fairy enchantments. And remember, don’t eat them! Apart from being a protected species by law, they are poisonous from bulb to petal.

Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta

Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), local wood, Staffordshire, England. April 2017.


15 thoughts on “Bluebells In The Woods

  1. Love these shots Pete, and they bring back memories of childhood when I used to go to the bluebell woods near the farm. And my dad used to tell a joke: ‘There was a young couple who told their parents they were going to the woods to pick bluebells, and when they got there there were so many other people there that they had to!’ 🙂

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  2. Lovely. What a pity you don’t see quite as many as there used to be years ago. Much as I’d love to pick bluebells and put them in vases, I never ever do. It’s so important to keep them in their natural environment.

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    • Thank you 🙂 It is a pity, although in my local wood they appear to do pretty well, thankfully. It is good you don’t pick them. They are so much better where they grow.

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