Whilst riding the pony up the lane this week I spotted a fair sized number of white bluebells amongst the blue ones all within a few square yards of roadside verge.
l popped back up in the car later to photograph some of them. I then contacted the County Botanical Recorder for an opinion as I wondered if they were rare or a cross with the invasive Spanish bluebells. This was his reply, which he also included in his weekly blog with my photo:
Certainly interesting in that there are three white ones visible in a small area. They more normally occur at a rate of say one per ten square metres and are just a genetic variant of the English Bluebell. Spanish Bluebells hold their bells upward and the hybrid is in between and more robust. It is a curious aspect of academic botany that flower colour is often dismissed as a character – all the most comprehensive British Flora has to say about these variants is “rarely pink or white”.
Well, I certainly have never seen white blue bells before……
The verges are absolutely full of wild flowers at the moment and the hedgerows dripping with “May flowers” – hawthorn blossom. A beautiful time of the year ….