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English Bluebells or imposters

the last couple of weekends, we've taken a walk into Hatchlands park National trust property to see the Wix wood Bluebells.  Even William has enjoyed these walks as the back entrance of Hatchlands is only 10 minutes from our house, and there's animals in the field, stepping stones and gates to climb over to make it interesting for a 5 year old.  The Bluebells have been stunning, a carpet of purple blue spreading out under the trees, with a well roped off path making it easy to follow round, and several log benches to sit and take in the view.  This weekend there was even an afternoon scent to enjoy.  This wood is smothered in English Bluebells, - which have the latin name Hyacinthoides Non Scripta.  When we got home, William pointed out to me, - "mummy we've got bluebells too" but the blue flowered bulb growing in my garden, and now more commonly , the "bluebells" that are sold for our borders are spanish bluebells latin name Hyacinthoides Hispanica.  The main problem with this is that the Spanish bluebells have a lot stronger properties than the English, so if they cross pollinate the Spanish thicker leaves and upright stems will eventually dominate and take over our varieties. - for photos of the 2 types, look on this site the main difference being that the english bluebells have the flower "bells" along one side of the stem, causing it to bow over, the spanish bluebells have the bells all around the stem, and are usually very upright.


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