We were rewarded with the sight of plenty of wild flowers still livening up the landscape of these beautiful chalky hills this morning…
No not me!
I am talking about the Martagon Lily. Flowering now, it can grow to 4 feet tall and have as many as 50 Turk’s cap flowers on each stem. They are various hues of white pink and mauve, some have spotted petals some without and they have a gentle sweet scent. They even enjoy growing in shady conditions aswell as full sun. I have picked 2 stems to photograph and press but they certainly look great naturalised in the grass under the trees.
The Spanish bluebells are often found growing in our gardens and the English variety, the native bluebell, on common land, verges and mainly in
There are very noticeable differences.
1. The colour and size of the bells. The English flowers are generally a darker hue, smaller and more refined, with curlier tips.
2. The stems of the English bluebell are thinner allowing the top few bells to gently arch over.
3. The strap like leaves are much narrower and less numerous on the English variety.
4. The white fleshy bulbs of the Spanish bluebells can be perfect balls the size of a large pickled onion or oddly shaped like a spring onion or a mini butternut squash. The Enlish bluebell bulbs are more the size of silverskin onions.
5. Finally the beautiful and distinctive scent of the English bluebell.
The Spanish ones don’t smell.
(You may well come across hybrids that are just there to confuse you!)
Also known as Lady’s smock and Cuckoo flower – look out for it with it’s head above the rest