Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Singing the Blues! ; A Sign That Spring Has Really Sprung Is the Blossoming of Beautiful Bluebells in Our Wooded Areas

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Singing the Blues! ; A Sign That Spring Has Really Sprung Is the Blossoming of Beautiful Bluebells in Our Wooded Areas

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THIS year is proving to be a bumper one for bluebells - they seem to be everywhere.

In a normal year you will nd these wonderful plants, Britain's favourite ower, in ancient woodlands and other heavily wooded areas, but they seem to be underneath every tree at the moment.

It is a spectacular sight to see woodlands carpeted with blue, purple and, in some cases, white. at colour is intensied by the plant's green leaves and surrounding trees, just starting to sprout leaves. It is a sign that spring has really arrived.

e green leaves of the plant arrive in March and early April. ey area dark shade of green and easy to spot because they look almost waxy.

As the weather warms and the sunlight hours increase we start to see stems rising out of the greenery and then the odd blue bud. en there is an explosion as the tight blue buds open up into the bellshaped owers. e great news is that most of the owers I am seeing in woods around Manchester and Lancashire are native bluebells and not the Spanish invaders which have escaped from gardens. …

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