Friday, 15 April 2011

Photo Friday: Harlaxton Bluebells


Did you know that 70% of the worlds bluebells are in Great Britain? In Lincolnshire especially the presence of the common bluebell, or Hyacinthoides non-scripta is used as an indicator of ancient woodlands, so it's good to hear that in April and May the woods at the back of the Manor will be covered in them. Although the name states 'common' they are actually endangered from hybridisation with another species, so removing the flowers, seeds or bulbs for trade is an offense. You can tell if a plant is a hybrid because the stalk will be upright, not drooping like the true bluebell shown to the left.

Lets hope for an early flowering this year, in time for the Spring Semester students to see them!

1 comment:

  1. What lovely photos! It looks like it was a beautiful day and perfect for taking pictures.