Bluebells have a great significance for me as it means the badger cubs will soon be out and about, as well as marking the fact that Spring is well and truly here.
I thought I would do a blog post about Bluebells today as Bluebells are dedicated to St George and today is St George’s day.
The wood close to my house now has a carpet of Bluebells which will continue for the next few weeks.
Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) one of the ancient woodland indicator plants and around half of the worlds Bluebells are found in the UK.
There are a few ways to tell the difference between native English and Spanish Bluebells, found in gardens.
- English bluebells have a scent, Spanish don’t
- English Bluebells have a drooping stem, Spanish ones have a straight stem
- English Bluebells have narrow leaves (under 1.5cm wide), Spanish ones have wider leaves.
- English Bluebells have deep blue, violet flowers which curl back at the ends, Spanish ones are paler and straighter
- English Bluebells have cream coloured anthers, Spanish ones mainly have blue anthers.
Bluebells are an important source of early nectar for bees, hoverflies, butterflies and insects. Bees get to the nectar by biting a hole in the base of the flower so don’t actually pollinate the flower.
The badgers take bluebells down their setts for bedding.