Bluebell Time at last !

Ian Johnson reports:-
On April 18th I spotted the first signs of blue on an emerging Bluebell flowering shoot. The leaves have been developing since early February, but the flowers have been held back by the recent cold weather. Last year my first sighting of a flowering Bluebell was on March 18th, exactly one month earlier. Both sightings were in the top corner of the Alder coppice just below Soldiers Field. These Bluebells are the true native plants and should not be confused with the Spanish Bluebell and the Hybrid of the two species, both of which are naturalised garden escapes, quite common in the wild. The native Bluebell is a more delicate plant, that has bells that droop on one side of the plant while the others are more robust and have upright bells all round the stem.

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