Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Bluebells

Although my favourite colour is yellow
My favourite flower is the Bluebell.......
Bluebells have featured often in the background of my life.
My garden has 6 bunches of Bluebells, one lovingly  transferred from my previous home in Sheffield, a plant stolen from the grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire over 18 years ago.

In my kitchen stands proud a large collection of Art Deco Burleigh Ware pottery of varying designs. 
My favourite is, of course , Bluebell ...a few splashes of blue, black and green, beautifully simple and beautifully pleasing. 


My car is called Bluebell and she stands for everything positive at a time in my life I had very little and as a child one of my favourite place to play was in Bluebell wood , a small copse of trees located on the hillside between Prestatyn and Gronant. . 
My grandparents are buried near the same Bluebell Wood, their headstone facing their beloved Liverpool.

Every Early May I would often go to Bodnant Gardens as the Bluebells would be out and old readers of 
Going Gently May remember The last Mabel Post with a visit to the wonderful Bluebell Wood




The first painting my husband and I bought together was a gentle Victorian watercolour of a Bluebell wood . I miss it so. I miss it because it is so beautiful and subtle and understated 
He took it when he left and I miss looking at it 

Last year I split a large garden knot of Bluebells from my garden and planted it in the corner of the old graveyard. This year I will check if it has been taken 
And started a new colony of gentle blue just opposite to the cottage windows 

59 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:27 pm

    Amazing that you have a plant over 18 years old.Your love of bluebells pleases me. - Mary

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  2. I adored her. There was just a special something about her even from afar.

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  3. A carpet of native bluebells in a wood is beautiful. Make sure yours are the native species and not the invasive Spanish ones which hybridise with our own and replace the native stock (he said with his gardening hat on - how to tell them apart: https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-grow-bluebells/ )

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    1. Good point p
      Yes mine are the more delicate native ones

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    2. Unfortunately mine have been here for over 36 years that I know of but I don't want to dig them up- oddly they seem to be wriggling over towards the fence in the night x

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  4. I have always wanted to see a Bluebell Wood and some hedgehogs too !

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    1. They are a rarity now ( hedgehogs) except in Rachel land

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    2. We have hedgehogs that mate outside our window each year and my goodness what a long and noisy process that is through the otherwise quiet night. Incredible. I suppose the prickly spines make it complicated.

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    3. Badgers are nosey buggers too

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  5. Clearly, bluebells are the flowers of your soul.

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  6. May I recommend a visit to Sussex, where you will be able to ride on the Bluebell Line railway that runs from East Grinstead to Horsted Keynes.

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  7. Beautifully written both today and in 2012. It breaks my heart a little that you felt guilty and ashamed.

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  8. I've seen them plenty of times in fields here in Ohio. I just now looked them up and was surprised to find that they're not native to the North America continent.

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  9. So many powerful connections with bluebells.

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  10. Delightful flowers, I'm looking forward to a walk in a local Bluebell woods discovered last March in Lockdown xx

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  11. Bluebell should be your nickname x

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  12. The bluebells are coming. They look as though they will be out by the end of March.
    You could feel more guilty and ashamed if you hadn't taken Mabel to the vet...When you look back, you can see your life marked out by dogs...the Winnie years, the Mabel years, the Finlay years. If only they were longer.

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  13. We have lots of bluebells in our garden, coming up strong at the moment, but no flowers as yet. Always very welcome in spring.

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  14. I shall miss our little bluebell wood in the garden when we move. It is always such a cheerful sight in the spring.

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    1. Up close the flower isn't very attractive . It is when its layered in a carpet that the flowers come into their own

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  15. Joan (Devon)9:54 am

    I love buebells too, because they remind me of carpets of bluebells near the Leeds/Liverpool canal where I used to go with my brothers as a child.

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  16. I too love bluebells, we had them in our garden in Liverpool when I was little and they remind me of my Dad. I would like to be buried in a bluebell wood xx

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  17. I rescued some clumps of bluebells a colleague was removing from his garden and planted them on the riverbank (well, streambank) in my garden. The colleague warned me: "They will spread like weeds". I replied, "I certainly hope so".

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    1. Not been in there long, although I will see what I can do; but in 35 years it might be quite a sight for my 100th birthday party.

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  18. I hope your bluebells flourish in the graveyard. I love your bluebell cup and saucer. Do you use it, or is it just for decoration? I love it when I use one of my old china cups and saucers, makes me feel very posh! xx

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    1. Just for decoration , I have a collection of Art Deco crockery on the top of my kitchen cabinets

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  19. Signs of hope, rebirth, spring.

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  20. i have texas bluebells planted in my gardens.

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  21. My top dog is no longer visible to me and this all happened at the time the Bluebells were at their most beautiful in May-So now they make me feel very emotional x

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  22. There is an old trackway near our village called locally Bluebell Wood...we are hoping that when Spring comes there will still be bluebells there

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    1. We can share photos of our own Bluebell woods

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  23. I love the cup and saucer. I haven't come across Burleigh Ware before.

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    1. Burleigh ware from the 1930s has scores of different styles

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  24. Seeing a field or a plot of Bluebells does something wonderful to the heart and mind.

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  25. What a beautiful totem for your life. May there be many, many more bluebells for you.

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    1. I like that you call Bluebells my totem

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  26. I love when the bluebells come out and always visit the woods where I can see them each year. There are fields and fields blooming along the river banks in one of our city parks.

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    1. I have not been to Bodnant gardens in so long, they will remind me of Mabel

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  27. Interesting. My favorite color is blue. But my favorite flowers are the yellow daffodils and forsythia -- the first to come out in the spring.

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  28. I certainly think the colour of bluebells is without doubt the purest blue John.

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  29. Northriding5:36 pm

    I have bluebells in my garden - I didn't plant them, they just appeared, and have spread, I love them.

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  30. Very beautiful in large masses. The color of blue is glorious.

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  31. Have you seen the movie “I Capture the Castle”?
    Romantic dreamy scene on a carpet of bluebells in the woods...

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