Monday, May 3, 2021

Walking With Bluebells

The pictures are but a small glimpse of the reality.

To walk with the bluebells must be experienced.

A mountain top covered and spilling over the sides. Beware. They are invasive.

As is the Celandine Poppy, claiming ever more ground.

In a place where the Yellow Lady Slipper resides.

Bluebells in pink and white.

With Blue Woodland Phlox that has begun to self sow in new shades of blue.

The next wave of blue with the Phacelia purshii will come with the rhododendron in bloom. The only visitors have been here on the web. Otherwise it is an ocean of bluebells for two. The people I have invited have been slow to respond. Too bad. You should have been here last week is a family refrain.


C. C. said...

Every year, one or another friend warns me about the wood poppies in a small section of my woodland garden that is bordered by driveway, house, and rocks. Yes, they're spreading, but I love them. Ferns, hostas, trilliums, and wood poppies are about the only plants that will grow in that dark, moist clay, so I'm letting them run rampant for a while.

I truly despise the bluebells. They pop up in my pathways willy nilly and appear inside liriope where they're impossible to easily remove. By the time the flowers are spent, the foliage is slimy.

Thanks, btw, for the suggestion of poisoning lamium in the off season. It's working. I still have sprigs popping up here and there, but now it feels controllable.

FIGGY said...

A beautiful walk through your woods. Just gorgeous.

Christopher C. NC said...

Glad to hear the winter kill of the lamium is working for you CC. You have to keep at it. weeding bits you missed and seeds that germinate, but it gets easier with time. The bluebells are another matter. Deadhead them if they bloom or if possible grab and pull all you can before they bloom even if all you get is the foliage. That is going to starve and weaken the bulbs considerably. That ship has sailed here and they make Bulbarella happy so we love them -sort of. The poppy are easy enough to pull when young. They have pretty tough roots by year two.

Thanks Figgy. I was going to go for a walk this evening and take more pictures of the bluebells, but it started to rain. Tomorrow then.