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17/05/2013 at 10:31

Behind our garden we have a lovely little wooded area. Ealrier this year the floor was covered in snowdrops, which have now given away to a lovely carpet of bluebells.

They are lovely to look at, making for a lovely little secret glen. What I have noticed is that amongst the blue is the odd clump of white and pink 'blue'bells.


Is this a normal variation? I did'nt notice them this time last year, but as we'ed only just moved in, I didn't have my 'Garden' head on!

17/05/2013 at 10:38

Sorry, but that means they have been contaminated with the genes of the Spanish Bluebell. Native ones come in blue and never pink.

17/05/2013 at 10:48



A couple of pictures


17/05/2013 at 12:44

Spanish for sure, the blue ones as well. Sorry.

17/05/2013 at 12:50

They remind me of my grandmother's garden that was thick with pink white and blue bells. Spanish or not still very pretty so enjoy!

17/05/2013 at 13:04

Shame they are Spanish but they are very pretty!

17/05/2013 at 14:18

Thers a lot around here. Some white, some pink, some blue so strong they almost look like hyacinths. The great danes spent 2 years trampling them down, and still they come up. But they look good in areas that nothing else will grow in.   No real bluebell woods about, so no chance of contamination.

17/05/2013 at 15:46

I've got both here and I'm quite happy with the blue and white but keep pulling out the pink. I don't like it

17/05/2013 at 16:08

got all 3,prefer blue but don't mind others,know spanish,would prefer english but inherited so...

17/05/2013 at 22:22

Plants have inhabited the earth for many millions of years and have been hybridising all that time. It's a process you have no hope of stopping. We must stop fretting and accept that the lovely plants we all enjoy are unrecognisable from their forebears. 

You might be able to marginally slow the process of bluebell hybridisation but you cannot stop it. Enjoy them for what they are.


17/05/2013 at 23:05

I like the pink and white, didn't realise they were hybrids.  We have lots in our allotment, some Spanish and some native too.  The Spanish make very good cut flowers, they last longer in water than the natives.

19/05/2013 at 12:58

Could not agree more with Woodgreen wonderboy, here is my facebook post on this subject~ I repeat and reiterate however that the delicate English bluebells are indeed sublime however i could not wish for all others to be dissed~ with respect...

19/05/2013 at 13:03

It should be possible however to cherish and treasure the delicate English bluebells and still feel thrilled to have Spanish ones grow hardily elsewhere~ i could not feel either should be chosen to overcome the other and would be happiest if the natural selection process safe-guarded both ~If that is near impossible and a controlled choice be involved let at least neither variety be dissed & both be respected.

21/05/2013 at 19:56

Do agree, all lovely but w ouldn't want to see english disappear

21/05/2013 at 22:10

Indeed and here is a wonderful bit of information from a friend about the bluebells referred to as English bluebells:

"All bluebells are beautiful but the scent in a wood with solely Endymion non- scripta is unique. Incidently this variety can be found in other western European countries but because of the climate on this island country situated where we are the endymion thrives in great numbers."

30/04/2014 at 19:26

I think all three colours look beautiful, you'll miss them when their gone.

07/06/2015 at 10:51

I have all three in my garden - only moved to this property at Christmas.- do I let them died off naturaly or can I cut them back please?


07/06/2015 at 17:06

Let them die off naturally

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