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Bluebells, Camellia and Purple Sprouting Broccoli

1   English Bluebells are very beautiful, have a purply tinge (usually, though one can find white and pink ones), dark stems and bend over gracefully because the little bells all come on one side.   Spanish Bluebells are the invaders! They are stronger, have thicker stems and have the little bells all around the stem so they don’t bend over but stay upright. I see both on my walk up from town and they are both pretty and the two can cross pollinate. Sadly, if the spread of the Spanish Bluebell is not halted we will lose our delicate English bluebells.

Beautiful English Bluebells

Beautiful English Bluebells

Spanish Bluebells

Spanish Bluebells

English bluebell

English bluebell

Pink English bluebell

Pink English bluebell

2    The Camellias over the road have been hit by the forst but actually, I think they are even more beautiful with the edges in that lovely soft sand colour, especially with the sun shining through.

Frosted camellia

Frosted camellia

3   I love Purple sprouting broccoli!

Purple sprouting broccoli

Purple sprouting broccoli

P.S. I’ve just learned this too from  The Natural History Museum  

“Pollen colour
The easiest way to tell the difference between native and non-native bluebells is to look at the colour of the pollen.
If it is creamy-white then the bluebell is a native.  If it is any other colour, such as pale green or blue, then it is definitely not native.
When the pollen is shed, the empty anther can be a pale cream colour, so make sure you look at the most recently opened flowers at the top of the spike, to find the true colour of the pollen.”

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Pattern 2

Cornish hedges are different! To many they may appear to be walls but they are called hedges. There are many different patterns of hedges and these are just a few from nearby us. If you want to know more about their history, construction or wildlife, have a look here 

 

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