It’s Week 16 of The Blooms and I have to say, now my spring bulb flowers have gone my junior cutting patch is looking decidedly bare! So this week I turned to my little wild flower bed at the side of the house currently laden in Bluebells, Wild Bleeding Heart, Germander Speedwell, and Forget-Me-Nots. I was interested to see how well the Bluebells would fare as a cut flower and the answer is surprising well. I cut them when the bottom few flowers on the spike were just opening up and I’m not kidding they lasted for at least 2 weeks. Their appearance changed throughout this time. Most notably was their change in colour from purple to white and honestly this made them all the more beautiful to me.
I’ll always have a little attachment to Bluebells as I spent my teenage years living five minutes walk away from a wood of thousands and thousands of bluebells carpeting the ground. Even at sixteen years of age when I suppose I should have had ‘cooler’ ways to spend my time, I was there several times throughout the spring gazing in awe at the sight before me. Thankfully, back then, I didn’t have the urge to pick them – a big conservation “no no”. Put me there now and I’d have a serious case of itchy scissor syndrome! Best stick to those I have now in my own garden, even if it is only just enough to remind me of the good old days.