Bluebell wood

Yesterday had a walk to Bradwell. Don’t normally walk at the weekend but after a restless night I needed to clear my head. So off I went on my lonesome walk on a very cold morning, the ground was covered in a heavy frost but the sun was up so it already felt worth coming on this early morning Saturday walk.

As I reached the little Bradwell Church. I just love this little church. So since I had come all this way I may as well have a look at the woods and see if the bluebells are out, I was not disappointed they are just starting to come through so beautiful and so fragile.

This beautiful plant covering woodlands with a thick carpet of deep blue in the springtime, bluebells are native only to lands fringing the Atlantic. On reading on William Turner refers to the bluebells as crowtoes; a common folk-name. The small white bulbs were used to make glue, the bulbs also contain starch which was used to stiffen the elaborate ruffles worn by gentlefolk in Elizabetham times.

Now days digging up bluebells is illegal, and recent scientific research has shown that it is the trampling down of the leaves by heavy footed sightseers that threatens the survival of the bluebel. The plant can survive without its flowers, but if the leaves are crushed it dies for the lack of food.

Published by anarosarioferreia

Hi am new to WordPress I have arrived in England in the late sixties met my Husband and got married have two grown daughters and one very lively granddaughter. My life revolves around my family and walking through the countryside. Love gardening and cooking too.

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