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English Bluebells at the Cottage


Some flowers are just naturally charming and perfect for a beach cottage. Attractive, fragrant and shade tolerant make English Bluebells an almost perfect Springtime flower. According to Martha Stewart, "Gathering wild bluebells from the woods is a childhood tradition for many rural English children." Isn't that a charming vision?

These English beauties are extremely tolerant of wet soils so it's no wonder that we have an abundance of these flowers in our coastal garden each year. Their violet-blue flowers are bell shaped and they naturalize very well (i.e. come back year after year, and gradually multiply).  Although they aren't long lasting when cut, the flowers are pleasantly and usually strongly scented.
Naturalized English Bluebells in a grove of trees ~ Wikipedia

Due to the last six months being so rainy in our region, we have an overabundance of these flowers so I decided to cut a few and bring them into the house.  Everything I've ever read says that they don't last long inside; however they've been inside for five days and other than losing some of their blue color they still smell fabulous and none of the flowers have fallen off. I have been changing the water every day; however no other special treatment has been given.
 

English Bluebells a few days old....more lavender than blue now!

I thought that the violet-blue color would look divine in my favorite white tin pitcher from Ikea.


A romantic photo of English Bluebells in our beach cottage.

Even though I LOVE them in my pitcher,  I had to make a bouquet in my new Oregon Blackberry Jam jar too . . . 

The lavender color of the flowers really shone through when back lit.

The jar is a local brand that we use and I just love the labels! I tore off the ingredients portion and then varnished the label to protect it from water.  We're eating a Red Raspberry Preserves now so that will be our next jar (I'm so excited, can you tell?)


"The English Bluebell is considered one of the most potent faerie flowers and a bluebell wood is an extremely hazardous place to be – an area of glamour woven spells and enchantment".
~ From Brian Froud's FAERIES


Hope you have a lovely & charming day! 

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15 comments:

  1. Wow, what beautiful little flowers! Your photographs are lovely :)

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  2. Great photos! I just love bluebells, we have so many in our town this year, its wonderful! The smell is divine, strong without being offensive, thanks for sharing these pictures, love the jar used as a vase!

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  3. What a beautiful post my beautiful friend. Your flowers are so pretty and they look very charming in all your vases. :) I can't wait for the smell of fresh flowers! Things are taking so long to open up here.
    Have a wonderful day!!!
    Hugs!
    XO

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  4. I love the idea of repurposing the jam jar. Happy Good Life Wednesday to you too!

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  5. An overabundance of these flowers? Is there any such thing? Oh, the beauty you must be having to endure!

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  6. Gorgeous photos. I have to travel to the other side of the world to see bluebells!
    Pam x

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  7. What gorgeous flowers! I think I would fill every jar in the house with those :)

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  8. Calling by from Cottage Flora Thursday, this is a beautiful post as it brings back many happy childhood and adult memories of bluebell walks every May, something I now miss.

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  9. I just love English Blue Bells, they're truly one of the very very few true "Blue" flowers. When you look for blue it's hard to find. Gorgeous images, thanks for sharing, hope you have a wonderful day, my dear.

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  10. Love the colors!!!

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  11. Beautiful shots of gorgeous flowers, love it! Thanks for sharing them at the Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  12. English Bluebells - awe one of the sweetest flowers ever!!!! Thanks so much for joining Fishtail Cottage's, Cottage Flora Thursday's! xoxo, tracie

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