Some flowers are just naturally charming and perfect for a beach cottage. Attractive, fragrant and shade tolerant make English Bluebells an almost perfect Springtime flower. According to Martha Stewart, “Gathering wild bluebells from the woods is a childhood tradition for many rural English children.” Isn’t that a charming vision?
These English beauties are extremely tolerant of wet soils so it’s no wonder that we have an abundance of these flowers in our coastal garden each year. Their violet-blue flowers are bell shaped and they naturalize very well (i.e. come back year after year, and gradually multiply). Although they aren’t long lasting when cut, the flowers are pleasantly and usually strongly scented.
|Naturalized English Bluebells in a grove of trees ~ Wikipedia|
Due to the last six months being so rainy in our region, we have an overabundance of these flowers so I decided to cut a few and bring them into the house. Everything I’ve ever read says that they don’t last long inside; however they’ve been inside for five days and other than losing some of their blue color they still smell fabulous and none of the flowers have fallen off. I have been changing the water every day; however no other special treatment has been given.
|English Bluebells a few days old….more lavender than blue now!|
I thought that the violet-blue color would look divine in my favorite white tin pitcher from Ikea.
|A romantic photo of English Bluebells in our beach cottage.|
Even though I LOVE them in my pitcher, I had to make a bouquet in my new Oregon Blackberry Jam jar too . . .
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