Wading through a Sea of Perthshire Bluebells

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The gentle waves of a sea of bluebells ebbing and flowing as far as the eye can see greeted us as we waded through an ancient woodland one evening this week.
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bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) Bluebell Woods Hyacinthoides non-scripta
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A heady aroma from the Perthshire wild flowers wafted through the air permeating even the old mossy tree stumps that lined the way.
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bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) Bluebell Woods
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bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) Bluebell Woods
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Their scented violet blue coloured bells nodding to us in recognition as we passed by.
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Macro shot of scottish bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
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While many shy buds  were still in quiet contemplation.
 .Macro scottish Bluebell buds (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
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Drifts of  bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) lined a little meandering path that once was used by men, women and children as they walked to and from work at the local mill during the days of the industrial revolution.
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Scottish bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
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A path that in places has glimpses through the tree line of dramatic drops down to the River Almond.
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bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) huge drop down to River Almond from here
Hyacinthoides non-scripta

 

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What an awesome walk on the wild side!
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Some Important Facts

The UK has up to half of the world’s total bluebell population. Sadly our bluebells are now becoming an endangered species due to the Spanish bluebell escaping from our gardens and hybridizing with our native species.    Its illegal to dig up the plants from the wild in any part of the UK for resale. If you don’t own the land it is illegal to dig up the bulbs for any purpose.  In Scotland its even illegal to pick the flowers, leaves or seedheads.  
Rosie Nixon
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Rosie is based in Perth, Perthshire as a garden photographer, writer and nature lover. She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that flutters, flies, buzzes, creeps or crawls! She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography. Rosie has been featured on TV on BBC2's The Beechgrove Garden and she uses the Scottish outdoors as her natural light studio. Her work can be seen at the only photographic gallery in Scotland - Close Gallery, 4b Howe Street, Edinburgh.

30 Responses

  1. Carolyn Ford

    Wow…I would LOVE to walk along the path that leads through those flowers and trees. What a beautiful sight that is.

  2. Antique ART Garden

    Such a beautiful walk , with your poetic message for us, how nice 1 I love St. Augustine's quote on the bottom, people just need to look all around, evidence of God is everywhere, thanks, Gina

  3. maiaT

    What an amazing bluebell field, I don't think there are not many places like this left, in the world. I should like to just sit there a few hours and smell their scent.
    Thanks for sharing this beauty on Macro Flowers Saturday.
    Have a great weekend Rosie!

  4. Liz

    Wonderful photos, I love Bluebells so much…

    I long to visit scotland in spring, I have memories as a child walking through woodland surrounded by them (Falls of Shin for example), and it holds a very special and dear place in my heart.
    Sadly I did pick some – and was told off for it, but they still helf pride of place in a vase for a few days…

  5. Jayne

    I lived in England for the first 26 years of my life and I remember "bluebell time' with great fondness. I had no idea they were now endangered. Your photos are wonderful. Thanks for taking us on your walk.

  6. Bernie

    It's wonderful that places like this still exist, given that bluebells are becoming an endangered species. What a magical place for a stroll … and how lucky you are to be able to view a sight like this! Just beautiful.

  7. camissonia

    What an ethereal landscape! I can only imagine the beauty and serenity of wading through such floral splendor. Too bad about the encroaching non-native Spanish Bluebell. Garden escapees of the invasive ilk very often wreak havoc with native species, so it really pays to know what you're buying and putting into the ground. Such lovely photos!

  8. Tatyana@MySecretGarden

    Rosie, thank you for this post! It reminded me of my trip to England long ago when I was fortunate to see a sea of bluebells. Wonderful!

  9. Dave

    this is a lovely place to be. I love the softness that you gave to you photos.

  10. Byddi Lee

    I loved your post. Blue bells are one of my favourite flowers, and now that I live in California, I miss them! I also liked how you used your post to raise awareness about how endangered they are. Beautiful photos.

  11. Mumsy

    I love your pictures of the bluebells flowers, and always appreciate the information you provided.

  12. Lindy MacDuff

    Thank you for taking us along on your walk via your lovely photographs. Such a very beautiful place and the carpet of flowers is stunning!

    I appreciate your visit and comment on my springtime flowers post.

    Hope you have a great week!

  13. fairegarden

    The only thing that could compare to an ancient wood is an ancient wood inhabited with English bluebells and the other wilflowers! I love the path and the whole slant of the land. It is all exquisitely beautiful. We grow the non scripta here, none of the Spanish, just to help the world population a little bit. 🙂
    Frances

  14. Jeri Landers

    Oh Rosie, You are so right about Fiona Goosefeathers walking through this magnificent bluebell heaven! We grow Spanish Bluebells in our garden but I've never seen such a lovely carpet of blue as this! You have definitely inspired me for the illustration. ( I will keep you informed when I do the artwork, so that you can see for yourself)
    I also love the quote by St. Augustine…. it is something I often say, yet in my own words.

  15. Ami

    This is a gorgeous show of the blue bells! Thanks for beautiful photos so that we can enjoy the scene from afar! You are so lucky that you can walk through the sea of the blue bells in person!

  16. Ginny

    The bluebells are AMAZING! What a beautiful walk through the woodland – almost like a dream world! How sad that bluebells are endangered.

  17. Noelle

    Oh Rosie,

    Scotland is just SO BEAUTIFUL!!! Your photos remind me of how much fun I had traveling there. The bluebells are so pretty. I think I may need to schedule another trip sometime when they are blooming 🙂

  18. Floridagirl

    Wow, Leaves! What a beautiful field of flowers! How wonderful it would be to see such an expanse of bluebells. It looks as though that path might be swallowed up by the "sea" at any moment.

  19. Gail

    Absolutely incredible~what a wonderful walk~Thank you for sharing this with us. gail

  20. kanak7

    Hi Rosie! What a beautiful sight! Wouldn't i love to take a long walk there! Thank you for posting these amazing images.
    I'm subscribing to your blog now. I don't want to miss out on any of your posts!

    Have a great week!

  21. debsgarden

    This post just made my day! What a fantastic walk through the woodlands carpeted with bluebells! I have never been to Great Britain, but a sight like that would be worth the trip. The old mill is idyllic also. Blessed are you to experience such a wonderful outing. And thank you for sharing it!

  22. Coastcard

    Really enjoyed the bluebell walk. That quotation from Augustine is spot on. Thanks, Rosie.

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