Bluebells

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I came across this lovely little clump of bluebells on a recent walk.

Did you know –

The bluebell has many names: English Bluebell, wild hyacinth, wood bell, bell bottle, Cuckoo’s Boots, wood hyacinth, Lady’s Nightcap and Witches’ Thimbles.

It is against the law to intentionally pick, uproot or destroy bluebells.

Almost half the world’s bluebells are found in the UK, they’re relatively rare in the rest of the world.

Bluebell colonies take a long time to establish, around 5-7 years from seed to flower.

Bluebells can take years to recover after footfall damage. If a bluebell’s leaves are crushed, they die back from lack of food as the leaves cannot photosynthesise.

And what about this one – All parts of the bluebell plant contain toxic glycosides, which are poisonous to humans and animals. Ingestion of any parts of the plant, whether flowers, leaves or bulbs, causes a lowering of the pulse rate, nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting and if consumed in large quantities may be fatal 😱

The bluebells in my own garden are now in full bloom 😍 (I must remember not to touch them!)

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  1. It’s a lovely scent in a bluebell wood when they’re out in bloom, though I’m not sure where to find one locally. Got blue bluebells, pink bluebells and white bluebells in the garden, spreading like mad – great. Did you know that it’s “No mow” May this month ?, delay mowing the lawn for a month to give bees and such the benefit from dandelions and other spring weeds / flowers. On Radio Oxford this morning someone said it takes, on average, something like 8 dandelions to keep a bumblebee going – good excuse to leave the mower in the shed for a while longer !

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