My Blue Heaven

What's that coming over the hill...?

What’s that coming over the hill…?

If you visit Chartwell any time soon and look from the gardens, across the lakes towards the woodland, you might spot a blurry blue haze in the distance. No, your eyes are not deceiving you, Bluebell season has arrived! Having spent the last year or so clearing and managing our woods, combined with the twelve months of wet weather, this is the best they have probably ever looked in our estate. There are literally millions of the fantastic little flowering fellows to be enjoyed by everyone!

A magic blue carpet ride awaits...

A magic blue carpet ride awaits…

Now, I could tell you about how the English Bluebell, or Hyacinthoides non-scripta to give it the proper name, is a bulbous perennial of European origin, how the Scots call it the Harebell, how it is such a close relative of the Scilla that it is also sometimes known as Scilla non-scripta or about the amazing sweet scent that they produce. I could also of course discuss the English Bluebell vs Spanish Bluebell saga, more on which can be found in this BBC story. But no, I think we all know how mesmerising and exciting a wood full of bluebells can be and how it can really lift the spirit, so I will instead let my camera do the talking…

Make sure you get down on your knees and admire them in close-up

Make sure you get down on your knees and admire them in close-up

The new woodland paths at Chartwell will take you right to the action

The new woodland paths at Chartwell will take you right to the action

Even the Chartwell bomb crater is beginning to be colonized

Even the Chartwell bomb crater is beginning to be colonized

They've also crept out of the woods and into the grassy Parkland

They’ve also crept out of the woods and into the grassy Parkland

Picture perfect!

Picture perfect!

They even look gorgeous before they fully open

They even look gorgeous before they fully open

Keep your peepers peeled for the odd white bluebell too!

Keep your peepers peeled for the odd white bluebell too!

They also look equally beautiful as they bloom

They also look equally beautiful as they bloom

Catch 'em while you can...

Catch ’em while you can…

As great as these pictures are, my camera doesn’t really do justice to what the human eye can behold. So what are you waiting for? Get yourselves down to Chartwell quick smartish and take a wander through our blue tinted woodland and see the stunning sights for yourselves. And if you think you can do any better with your own cameras, why not snap away and submit your results into the Chartwell Photography Competition, more info on which can be found here.

Jamie

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