The Bluebells at Lanhydrock this spring have been, and still are, stunning! Waving through the woodland here in thick swathes, they blanket the ground in all directions. I have been spending many mornings, afternoons and evenings taking in this wonderful annual scene.
One of the advantages of living and working on the Lanhydrock estate is that I can step out of my door and be in bluebell woodland within minutes. Last week while sitting and having some lunch, admiring the sea of blue around me, I was surprised by two Roe Deer. Luckily, being sat down, they didn’t see me until they got pretty close!
It was a thrilling moment to see them at home amongst such colour. I wonder if they are surprised by this cover of blue that arrives at this time of year, completely transforming their surroundings?
Whilst spending time amongst the bluebells, I have noticed how their scent really comes alive in the evening (and similarly when it rains). Their earthy, sweet-smelling fragrance seems to intensify and fill the air, often mixing with the strong garlic-like scent of Ramsons. A delightful combination!
As light falls, I also like how the atmosphere within a bluebell woodland can quickly change. Shimmering at first, the flowers seem to turn a golden purple before slowly deepening in colour as the sun drops away.
There surely can’t be many better ways to spend some hours at this time of year, than amongst the waving enchantment and magic of bluebells. Dive in, while you can.