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TheH (Hazel)'s Journal

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An Appeal for out Native Bluebells

16 April 2017 10:36:29

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I am very lucky that there are native Bluebells in my hedgerow and they are migrating into the garden at a good rate. 

Many people are not aware of the threat to these beautiful plants from the more spectacular Spanish bluebells which are commonly sold here.

Hyacinthoides non-scripta is our native one and it is a deeper shade of blue - almost purple - than the Hyacinthoides hispanica or Spanich Bluebell.

Our native bluebell also has a perfume which the Spanish one does not. Gardeners World this week had a very good explanation of the diference - Hyacinthoides non-scripta is also native to The U.K.

The problem is the hybridisation between them. 

For the past year I have been systematically digging out anything that looks non-native. Its a pain, but I reckin it is worht the effort.

Yesterday we visited Heywood Gardens and I was blown away with the native bluebells in the woodland and they are not yet fully in bloom but the gentle perfume wafted out to us as we strolled by.

My appeal to you is that if you are buying bluebells please make sure you only buy Hyacinthoides non-scripta and try to preserve this lovely plant.


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Jacinta D Jacinta D 16 April 2017 10:40:17

I think all of mine are the native ones.


Dick Dick 16 April 2017 11:23:17

Thank for that information Hazel. I was not aware of this. I have some and they seem to be similar to the native ones you have shown. Happy Easter to you.


Fleurette Fleurette 16 April 2017 19:21:20

I totally agree, Hazel.  Our native bluebells are lovely liitle girls, too shy to flaunt themselves with full skirts like the Spanish segnoritas. 

I find they - the native ones - are easy to propagate if you collect the seed heads when ripe and just throw them down under a hedge or .... wherever..... 

But once any hybridisation has taken place .....  well ..... not good .....


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 17 April 2017 00:53:46

So true, Margot. I am ruthlessly removing anything that has any suggestion of being a hybrid. The article on Gardeners World highlighted the fact that the native ones have a yellow stamen and a much narrower leaf and these two facts will help me to remove as many hybridised ones as possible. I may be swimming against the tide but I feel very strongly about this.


Jackie Jackie 17 April 2017 09:07:15

I havent seen GW yet so will definitely have a look at that. I have some here that I got from a lady up the road, must check them out. Am I right in thinking all the flowers are only on one side of the stem too?  They are a little beauty too! 


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 17 April 2017 09:26:07

That's right Jackie. They have a much stronger perfume too!


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