The bluebells are flowering in the garden now.
They are very pretty and colourful. However, they are sadly not our true native English bluebells. These are a mixture of Spanish and hybrid bluebells. The original English bluebell has flowers on one side of the stem, causing a distinctive droop. The tubular flowers are of a deep blue and curl back at the ends. The pollen is cream coloured and they are scented. I photographed this English bluebell growing in some ancient woodland.
The Spanish bluebells are of a paler blue. The flowers are shorter and split open at the ends, they adorn both sides of the stem and so the flower is upright. The pollen is blue.
The hybrid has characteristics of both. As the hybrids are fertile the English bluebell is being gradually wiped out.