Garden Wildlife – Part 9 Bluebells

In my garden, we have a mixture of Spanish bluebells that were there when my parents bought the house and native bluebells, neither of which have flowered yet, but out on my walk today I spotted the first flowering Bluebells close to my house.

Bluebells 31st March


There are a few differences between the native Bluebells and Spanish Bluebells

  • 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.

Also spent some time today watching the visitors, like this blue tit, to the garden.

Blue tit

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About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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4 Responses to Garden Wildlife – Part 9 Bluebells

  1. I heard that Blue Tits are dying off in Germany. How are they doing in Great Britain?


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  3. I started with English but think they quickly hybridised. Either way, still enjoy seeing them and still get visitors.

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