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Bluebell abound in our woodlands...

Thursday, 10 May 2018  |  Alison

Bluebell abound in our woodlands...

Bluebells abound in our woodlands, gardens and hedgerows from late April to mid-May with their scent, colour and bell-shaped flowers bobbing in the breeze. They are a favourite wildflower of springtime spreading a carpet of blue wherever they can, so you will see them in hedgerows, gardens and are at their most abundant in their happiest location, an undisturbed native deciduous woodland setting.   But do you know a Spanish Bluebell from an English native Bluebell?

Bluebell bulbs are a rounded white shape and in the spring the leaves appear first followed by the stem holding the flowers.  They then die down to the ground in the winter months to emerge again year after year, gradually spreading to form wonderful hazy blue carpets of colour.  

A native English bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) is a deeper violet blue colour and the flowers appear on one side of the stem with their flower heads hanging downwards. The outer petals have tips that are reflexed (curled back).  The heady sweet scent when seen enmasse is similar to that of Hyacinths, (they are part of that family). The anthers (which hold the pollen) in the middle are white-cream.

The Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides Hispanica) differs in that it is a paler blue colour with blue/green pollen, the stems are stiff and the flowers are more upright too with little or no scent. So very distinct differences to the English Bluebell.

If you have a chance over the next week or two to visit a bluebell wood you will not be disappointed so look on the Woodland Trust website for details of a display near you.

 

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Thursday, 10 May 2018  |  Alison
Late spring Update

Late spring Update

Seeds to sow NOW … ‘Gardening Which’ magazine recommendation… Planting nectar rich flowers this summer…. Foxgloves and Peonies Fit for a Royal Wedding…….

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Sunday, 31 December 2017  |  Alison
The Brookside Nursery Guide to the latest Garden Trends for 2018

Gazing into my crystal ball to see what will be on trend in a garden near you in 2018, I can let you know now that there are plenty of things to tempt and delight all of us gardeners and of course one or two things that we will be perfectly happy to continue living without.

Firstly, the Pantone colour of the year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. Provocative, futuristic and other worldly, ultra-violet can be toned up to be glitzy and glamourous or brought to earth in its symbolic roots: red and blue.

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Sunday, 31 December 2017  |  Alison
Caring for Planet Earth in 2018

Gardeners, on the whole, are a caring and concerned lot and already do our bit in the recycling world, partly being thrifty, partly using common sense. Many of us re-use plastic pots & plastic plant labels, plastic & metal ties, as well as re-using broken bits of terracotta pots, bamboo poles & sow our sweet peas into empty loo rolls. You probably have your own gardening waste-saving ideas too which I would love to hear about.

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