Its time I tried the Scottish Bluebell in the garden
The Scottish Bluebell (Campanula rotundifolia) (Harebell)
Campanula Rotundifolia! (Harebell)! Naw its the Scottish Bluebell. Well I suppose officially its a Campanula and its also known as the Harebell by our neighbours across the border. But, hey, this is Scotland and we claimed it hundreds of years ago, and guess what, we called it the Bluebell, not any old Bluebell, but our Bluebell. We Scots have a history of claiming stuff as belonging to us
The Scottish Bluebell is a very pretty sight growing wild throughout Scotland preferring dry conditions and sandy soil near the coast. It is indeed native to this land.
I have never tried growing it in the garden, not even sure how well it would do. However seeds are available from
We have established that the above plant, beautiful as it is, is not a Bluebell. I suppose the main give away is, unlike the true Bluebell our one is not Spring flowering. The Scottish namesake flowers between the months of July and September. Reaches a height of about 20cm and the nodding flowers are held singly on thin wiry stems.
The pictures I show of them were taken on a visit to the beautiful Balmedie Beach which is a few miles north of Aberdeen.
The Bluebells were growing prolifically in a wild flower meadow beside the path leading to the beach.
It would only be fair to make mention of the true Bluebell which is native to the UK, well it is in fact to be found growing wild south of the border. (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) Flowering April/May, the Bluebell woods are quite stunning. Unfortunately the English Bluebell is under threat from the more robust Spanish variety which lacks the charm of the English Bluebell.
The picture below is another of our Scottish one, simply because I don’t have a picture of the English bluebell.
Well, look what decided to make an appearance in the garden yesterday. Its not the English Bluebell, its the much less popular Spanish one, Hyacinthoides hispanica. It photographs well, however it is a bit of a thug, with masses of broad leaves and very difficult to get rid of as the bulbs, even if you plant them shallow, will burrow into the earth so deeply you will have difficulty removing them.
I thought last Spring the weather was unusually good however this year it is sensational.
Here is a look at a little more of what has been going on in the garden.
I did show these Tulips as they were beginning to open in late February. Here they are at their best on March 14th.
The Heather Erica carnea foxhollow is flowering nicely. The foliage of this one turns almost lime green once the blooms have gone over, and the flowers turned a more definite pink a week or so after taking this picture. The Hellebore yellow lady has a fair amount of blooms considering this is its first Spring in the garden.
I cant ever recall planting the Chionodixa. They are popping up through the Heather bed, not causing any harm though and the leaves will soon die back.
Here is this Pieris yet again. I talked of it last year as being the best Pieris in the garden and how I did not know which variety it is. Have you ever seen so many blooms on one of these shrubs.
This is another Dwarf Tulip which is growing away nicely in a spot just a couple of yards from the kitchen window, oh that’s a few centimetres short of two metres.
The Anemone Blanda is opening up nicely in the woodland area. Here it is looking very special in a planter in the front garden.
At last, a song thrush back in the garden. Its fully two years since we last saw one. Not so very long ago they were regular visitors. I think its unimpressed with that plastic duck.
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