2013 Bluebell Thread – Finally Arrived
Noticed the local woods are slowly starting to turn blue, hoping for a good show this year.
I need to pick your brains everyone: An expert was saying that Spanish blue bells (an invasive species) are taking over our native flowers. The bees are pollinating the woodland variety with the Spanish and it’s causing a hybrid, which may in time wipe out our true native, woodland flower.
The chap says that where possible to dig up the Spanish (mainly found in gardens and bought from garden centres) over the last few decades and get rid, probably burning is the best answer.
Does anyone know anymore about this?
I have a problem as in my own garden are the native species, however both next door neighbours have the Spanish type, I really don’t think they would give a toss or appreciate someone like me knocking on the door and asking them to remove them, even though I would happily replace them with our own species. Any advice would be welcome.Posted 4 years ago
And no. I’m not going to go climbing the fence in the middle of the night with a flame thrower to exterminate them 🙂
Some more pretty pics. 😀
Again, this has been a funny old year for bluebells. The woods that I’ve been visiting for absolutely donkey’s years do tend to disappoint sometimes. I’m now wondering whether it’s due to the woods not being ‘managed’ and becoming overgrown. Is that possible?
Bunnyhop – why not ask them and explain your concern? The worst they can say is ‘no’ but pretty hard to do that when you’re not actually asking them to do anything!Posted 4 years ago
Well, what can I say – an absolutely stonking day for bluebells today. My favourite wood has the most amazing display, the best I’ve seen for a few years.
I visited my other little bluebell woods and wasn’t disappointed, even came across some areas where bluebells were thriving.
I actually walked, rather than cycled, through my favourite wood and the scent was beautiful. Could quite easily put up a tent and stay there just drinking it in.
None of my bluebell singletrack, don’t want anyone finding it. 😀
Fantastic time of year, enjoy it whilst you can!
Posted 4 years ago
I was going to check out West Woods last week, but wind and horizontal rain dictated otherwise. Just had a look at Sunday’s forecast, and it ain’t scintillating, that’s for sure. I guess I’ll take a drive over, and hope for some breaks in the cloud to brighten things up for some photographs.Posted 4 years ago
Best I can hope for, really. 😐
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