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Blue is the colour

Bluebell season is fleeting but beautiful and oh-so magical.

The sweet blue blooms transform Britain’s wonderful woodlands into a carpet of colour, creating a sea of indigo as far as the eye can see.

In this country, the bluebell is actually a protected species and they don’t grow wild anywhere else in Europe which is why the first spring sighting of this fabulous flower is such a great British tradition.

As Wuthering Heights author Emily Brontë wrote:

The Bluebell is the sweetest flower
That waves in summer air
Its blossoms have the mightiest power
To soothe my spirit’s care

London bluebells in Whippendell Woods, Hertfordshire

Last week I ventured to my local woodland in search of the beautiful blooms. Whippendell Woods in Hertfordshire is famous for its annual bluebell display within its ancient fold.

It wasn’t long before a carpet of blue began to appear underfoot.

London bluebells in Whippendell Woods, Hertfordshire

With the dappled sunlight and a light summer breeze dancing through the trees, I stopped so I could drink it all in – what a feast for the eyes!

London bluebells in Whippendell Woods, Hertfordshire

In all honesty, I think these particular bluebells will fully come into their own over the next week, so I might have arrived prematurely – but it was wonderful having the serene space all to ourselves. And excellent for Instagramming, obvy 😉

I’m  just glad I managed to get out and appreciate them before the moment passes for another year, as nature’s calendar dictates.

London bluebells in Whippendell Woods, Hertfordshire

I love that, in the Victorian art of floriography, the bluebell represented humility and constancy. So bluebells in a bridal bouquet, for example, symbolised one’s total devotion to Bae. Cute.

While the bluebells might not have quite reached their peak, on the way home I also spotted these beautiful cherry blossoms in all their glory, reppin’ the pink side of the spectrum:

London bluebells in Whippendell Woods, Hertfordshire

God, I love spring.


Find your nearest bluebell site by searching your postcode at visitwoods.co.uk/bluebells.

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