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A tonic for city living

May 15, 2015

The beginning of May in our part of Scotland sees the last of the daffodils…,14.5.15-1

and the first of the bluebells.,14.5.15-2

Now, in the middle of the month, there are enough of the wild bluebells flowering in the woods that they are just beginning to show against the juicy green of their leaves.,14.5.15-3

While I can’t imagine that we will be lucky enough to have another really extraordinary bluebell year like last year, the bluebell season is always delicious. The air in the woods is already sweet and fresh with their powdery scent. Ahhh, imagine if we could bottle it, and when you uncorked the bottle out wafted not only the scent, but the sound of the birdsong filling the woods, and the rustle of the breeze in the new, bright leaves!

Our favourite bluebell wood in full bloom, exactly a year ago.

Our favourite bluebell wood in full bloom, exactly a year ago.

You might enjoy An escape into the bluebell woods.

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Denise Homer permalink
    May 15, 2015 5:50 am

    I’ve been sick most of the week so this was a perfect tonic! Thank you. All this laying about resting…now I’m going to think about being in the bluebell woods… Loved all the gorgeous photos too.

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Caroline waterlow permalink
    May 15, 2015 7:53 am

    Yes, tonic much needed! Looks lovely

  3. May 15, 2015 11:21 pm

    I remember, when you took your son to see the bluebells.

  4. May 16, 2015 1:27 pm

    I love your ‘still life portraits’ of the daffodils and bluebells. If these cold winds would ease a little it would make it more pleasant to go out and see them. I agree – wouldn’t it be wonderful to just bottle the whole ‘bluebell wood’ experience and uncork it on a dismal January morning!?

  5. May 16, 2015 4:35 pm

    Penhaligon eau de toilette Bluebell – spring in a bottle!

    • May 17, 2015 11:10 pm

      I was wondering if anyone would think of that! It’s years since I smelled it; I must give it another go.

  6. May 16, 2015 9:36 pm

    I like your daffodils photograph against the page. Haven’t had the chance yet to see the bluebells and wild garlic here in South Wales. 😦

  7. May 17, 2015 2:12 pm

    Being a city dweller I need that tonic – thank you!

  8. Toffeeapple permalink
    May 17, 2015 4:25 pm

    Having just come back from Argyll, I can report that I saw miles and miles of Bluebells, even more than last year I think. But there were still Daffodils and Narcissus in bloom as well.

    Floris of London make a Hyacinth and Bluebell perfume…

    • May 17, 2015 11:13 pm

      Really? How wonderful, it sounds glorious in Argyll just now.
      Thanks for the tip: I’m going to have to hunt down some Floris to have a sniff!

  9. christinelaennec permalink
    May 17, 2015 10:52 pm

    Beautiful, thank you very much for that.

  10. July 16, 2015 5:43 pm

    Beautiful photography Kate…. it’s a while since I saw those flowers here in the south and it is always a pleasure to see them again

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