As we begin to settle into Spring, this month we’re happy to offer you a 10% discount on our range of Bluebells - our featured Flower of the Month for May #FOTM. The poet Keats once referred to the bluebell as ‘Sapphire queen of mid-May’ and this month we are pleased to present you with a 10% discount on the popular Bluebells, the Flower of the Month for May #FOTM.
There are three types of bluebell common to the British Isles: Hyacinthoides non-scripta the native bluebell, Hyacinthoides hispanica a Spanish variety of bluebell and Hyacinthoides x massartiana a hybrid of the two. The Spanish bluebell was brought to English gardens by the Victorians but they spread into the wild via Pollination and inattentive discarding of bulbs.
It is quite easy to tell the difference between the British and Spanish bluebells by the shape of the stem and the delicacy of the flower, and naturally the hybrid is combination of the two leaning more towards its Spanish genetics.
It is believed that nearly 50% of the world’s bluebells carpet the woodlands of the uk, nurturing a variety of bees and butterflies.
Bluebells and their meaning
Bluebells were mainly associated with humility in the Victorian flower language, as their stems bow as if humble, but this flower has also been linked to kindness, constancy, gratitude and everlasting love.
Various stories and fairy tales have featured bluebell laden woods, and a bluebell ring is said to act in much the same way as a ring of toadstools.
These perennials have been called fairy flowers and it is believed that picking one can make fairies lead you astray from paths through the wood. Then, there are folk tales that if you can turn a bluebell flower inside out without breaking it you will win the one you love, the bluebell is quite a mystical plant.
"[Bluebells are] the Sapphire Queen of mid-May.", Keats
Where can I find Bluebells in the North Wales Landscape?
In the UK we are lucky to have such a large population of bluebells. Some have called it our unofficial national flower. Bluebells cover swathes of woodland and adorn the verges beside roads and pathways, if you happen to venture into the countryside, I am sure you will find bluebells.
However, in Wales we have some of the best places to relax and become enchanted with the glory of nature, chief among them, Dinefwr Castle Wood, a charming ruin adjacent to an ancient woodland carpeted with bluebells, and home to many varieties of flora and fauna.
The National Botanic Garden of Wales have truly amazing amenities you won't be able to fit everything in a day, with multiple greenhouses, cultivated gardens and wild lands. I cannot, in a sentence, do it justice.
For the adventurous Prisk Wood has much to explore, acres of ancient woodland punctuated by the remnants of now defunct quarries that merge into the landscape. Gilfach Nature Reserve, on the other hand, is a much tamer example of the Welsh countryside, it was once a farm but now you are free to wander it's well marked trails and enjoy the sedate ecology it maintains.
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Checkout the links below for more information about these beauties and where to find them on your visit to Mid/North Wales.