MAY 2018 – WALK EVERY DAY FOR A WEEK CHALLENGE – DAY 2
Warning: This post is a bluebells overload! 🙂
When I went to the Ecclesall Woods last month, the bluebells were just emerging. I decided to go again today and see them in all their glory. And what a sight! I just love these blue delicate flowers. They are so, so pretty in the ancient woodland surroundings.
Hyacinthoides non-scripta (formerly Endymion non-scriptus or Scilla non-scripta) is a bulbous perennial plant, found in Atlantic areas from north-western Spain to the British Isles, and also frequently used as a garden plant. It is known in English as the common bluebell or simply bluebell, a name which is used in Scotland to refer to the harebell, Campanula rotundifolia. In spring, H. non-scripta produces a nodding, one-sided inflorescence of 5–12 tubular, sweet-scented violet–blue flowers, with strongly recurved tepals, and 3–6 long, linear, basal leaves.
H. non-scripta is particularly associated with ancient woodland where it may dominate the understorey to produce carpets of violet–blue flowers in “bluebell woods”, but also occurs in more open habitats in western regions. It is protected under UK law, and in some other parts of its range.
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I wrote about the Ecclesall Woods few times on the blog. You can find some information in this post or have a look how Ecclesall Woods look like in Spring and Winter. Don’t forget to stop at the Woodland Coffee Stop Cafe for a brew.
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My son and I have very fond memories when we were attending. All sort of activities are on their agenda including games, walks, making popcorn and marshmallows on an open fire, singing songs, looking for bugs, building dens; all in such beautiful surroundings.
I definitely felt re-energised after the walk. It is great to get outdoors, be surrounded by nature, listen to the birds, enjoy the colours of spring, have a think and just relax.
Have you been to Ecclesall Woods? What did you think? Let me know.