Day 116: bluebell woods

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


There’s enough going on in the world today to make any self-respecting human more than a little uncomfortable about proclaiming the superiority of the native English bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), as compared its Spanish cousin (Hyacinthoides hispanica), or (gasp) their hybrid progeny, but it’s certainly a little more delicate, and a little deeper in colour. I don’t actually mind Spanish bluebells in the garden, as long as I can compost them before they go to seed, but I can’t help feeling the presence of large swathes of the burlier plant would create quite a different atmosphere across the woodland floor at this time of year, and hope that, for the most part, they can be encouraged to remain on the right side of the garden fence.

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