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My bluebells are blooming at last!

13 May 2012
Sunny 17°C / 63°F

Years ago, I already purchased a plant labeled ’Wilde hyacinth – Hyacinthoides non-scripta, but it turned out to be a Hyacinthoides x massartiana, one of those hybrids of the bluebell and the Hyacinthoides hispanica. I really was disappointed, since I bought it at Ecoflora, a nursery I always considered as very reliable.

Last autumn, I ordered some bulbs from Peter Nyssen in Holland, and planted them in my woodland garden.
They were a bit late to bloom (normally bluebells are blooming in April in my country), but this afternoon came in that part of the garden and there they were!

I was so excited to see them bloom… I know that bluebells are very common in the UK, but in Belgium there are only a few woods where they can be found.

(I think my bluebells are just a little bit late because they were planted only last spring, but to be honest… I’m a little bit curious if we will still find them blooming when we’ll be in Sussex next weekend…)




When I was a child there used to be great sheets of them in local woods; we would pick great sappy-stemmed, faintly fragrant bunches of them to put in vases at home. The cool shadowy woods, young ferns and bluebells spelled early Summer and crisp cotton school-uniform dresses.

Posted on 14 May 12 (about 4 years ago)

So happy for you. A beautiful bloom and image. I planted wood hyacinth last September. Is that the same plant? Wonder if they will bloom this year or if they need to mature. I think I was under the mistaken impression they were early bloomers. Late Spring would be nice to console missing the daffs.

Posted on 15 May 12 (about 4 years ago)


Folia Helper


@rainymountain: tomorrow, we take the ferry to England for a three-day break… I’m wondering if the bluebells are blooming there still….

@rosemarieGardener: I’m not sure, but I thing wood hyacinth is Hyacinthoides hispanica, a close relative of the bluebells.

Posted on 15 May 12 (about 4 years ago)

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