The copse behind the house boasts a brand-new carpet of delicate, narrow-stemmed native bluebells.
In the garden the clumsier spears of Spanish bluebells bully their way through the borders, but here and there we find a more delicate variety – perhaps a native from the other side of the fence, or a hybrid. I am happy to oust those I recognise as Spanish bluebells, taking the RHS’s advice not to grow this variety in rural gardens. But the more slender, gracefully arching natives will be encouraged to stay.
A few bulbs have been brought in from the garden for closer inspection. After being enjoyed indoors, they can always be re-planted. The trick is to sit the bulbs above the water line, raised up on a bed of pebbles, so that only the roots get wet.