Despite the horrendous flooding experienced earlier this year, one of the most dramatic springtime sights is making an impressive appearance this year.
Last year, bluebells didn’t appear until late April – it was one of the coldest Aprils on record – but the recent warm sunny weather is already resulting in sightings of our most popular spring flower.
The sight and scent of native bluebells covering a woodland floor on a warm spring day is an amazing sight.
Some of the nest native bluebell displays can be found in National Trust woodlands.
However, there are plenty of patches of bluebells across the Horsham district.
With the recent spring sunshine many of you have been out discovering the bluebells and we are keen to see your photos.
Email your pictures of bluebells to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put together an online slideshow and feature your photos in the County Times.
Top five Bluebell Facts:
1. Bluebells depend on warm ground temperatures to help them grow and are normally, but not exclusively, found in old woodland, thick old hedges and on bracken-covered hillsides.
2. Half of the world’s population of bluebells can be found in the UK. UK bluebells are currently at risk of disappearing as a result of hybridizing with the scentless non-native Spanish bluebell which were often planted in gardens.
3. The native British species, which will not flourish in the average garden, can be identified by its strong sweet scent, and intense violet-blue colour (rather than the pale blue of the Spanish plant), and has flowers that droop down like a bell along one side of the stem.
4. The bluebell is associated with many old stories and folklore: ringing the ‘bells’ would summon fairies; wandering into a bluebell ring could put the walker under fairy enchantment leading to death; turning a bluebell flower inside out without tearing it would result in winning the heart of a loved one.
5. The bluebell has lots of local names, including auld man’s bell, culverkeys, ring-o’-bells, wood bells and wild hyacinth.