|the arching head of our native bluebell|
Lovely as a single flower spike as seen here is, it is when they are massed together that they have the 'wow' factor - sight and scent. This month I have had that 'wow' near Nottinghamshire's Clumber Park where bluebells are thriving in woodland by the A614. I've also enjoyed them on walks around Ockbrook, Derbyshire.
It's at this point that the depressing bit goes in. We have around 20% of the world population of bluebells. But as is widely recognised, native bluebells have declined significantly and have been adversely affected by 'cross contamination' with the invasive and much more vigorous Spanish bluebells. Spanish bluebells have a more upright habit whilst our natives have a graceful curve. And as with much of our countryside, bluebells have been affected by changing land use so there's less space for those that are left.
|one of the groups of re-introduced bluebells|
Having found a place where the bluebells occurred naturally on our site, we chose this area as the first focus of our reintroduction 'programme'. Last year we bought and planted 100 bulbs 'in the green' (with leaves on) to add to the lonely two. This month we had 80 bluebells flowering there. Encouraged by this success we planted another 100 bulbs this week.
We've now also got tiny populations at two other Cordwood locations (one from Tesco club card points bulbs and the other from a packet of seed that mum and dad got from the Sunday newspaper!!).