At last the Bluebells are blooming in our garden. They were already here when we bought our house and spread themselves around as they like. Our house sits on land which is a mix of old farmland and woodland so I’m guessing these plants have grown here a while. The Bluebells are a mix of our native dark blue Bluebells and Spanish Bluebells which have paler blue flowers and pink blooms too. If you’d like to see the difference click the Bluebell on the left.
The Bluebells are in full flower now.
We have both English Bluebells and Hybrid Bluebells which are often pale blue or pink. Today I noticed that there are more pink flowers than usual. What’s going on?
Closer inspection revealed a swathe of the beautiful wild flower Red Campion.
A visit to the national Wildflower Centre at Liverpool has more to offer than wildflowers. A wall of insect homes has been created from old building materials, timber and cardboard. It’s been there a while and has been colonised by plants too. Some of the plants are grown for the insects, or more accurately for their larvae. For example wild hops are food for the caterpillars of the Peacock butterfly.