Thanks for popping in. Once a year our garden is invaded by bluebells – Spanish bluebells – or so we think. But are these Spanish Bluebells? We just don’t know! Apparently, Spanish bluebells have no scent, but ours smell amazing! It’s a mystery. Maybe one of our readers knows the answer?
There are those who say they are a weed, an invasive weed. Well, all I can say is they are the most beautiful, fragrant weed I know! The garden smells heavenly! Which is strange, because as I mentioned, according to Google, Spanish Bluebells don’t smell. I can see for myself that they certainly spread year on year, and spring up in new places. But hey! If this is a Spanish invasion – I can live with it!
Quote of today? Guess! Yep…
You may have noticed I had a vase of these beauties in the SHAC today. I even made some tall stem vases just for their arrival! There’s a trick to helping them stand tall for a week to 10 days. Cut them low, and set the bottoms of the tall stems in boiling water for about 10 seconds. Then transfer them to cold water. They will stand tall and not bend. Same goes for Gerbera. Mind you, if you stood me in boiling water, then dipped me in cold water, I’d probably go quite rigid too!
Next factoid: they are poisonous to cats. Oh great. Here we see Erik the Viking investigating. He clearly doesn’t respond at all to “No, Erik, not good for you” …
Nice vase though…
So there we have it: poisonous weeds! And there was I thinking we had a beautiful garden this year, and the bluebell lookalikies were particularly lovely! Well we do, actually. Does anybody know whether these are Spanish bluebells? Or Canterbury bells? Would love to know. If it weren’t for their amazing fragrance, I’d say Spanish. They certainly aren’t our traditional English bluebells. We have ancient woodlands near here, and they are very, VERY different. Smell the same though!!
Isn’t nature wonderful, Boo Boo?
Barb x x x