Pink Bluebells

I was rather worried when I saw these under one of the spruce trees by the road this week.  I have not noticed them flowering in previous years.  I thought at first that they must be Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica), even though I have not seen any round here, so I picked them so they would not spread.

pink bluebells
Pink Hyacinthoides non-scripta

On closer inspection I now think they are genuine pink British bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta).  This does happen occasionally I gather, and I know that there are quite a few white ones in this area.  Although I’ve not seen any on our holding there are some not far away.

The flowers were left in a pot of water in the kitchen, and the scent of them in the evening as they opened out was astonishing for such little flowers.  I picked the blue one for photo comparison – that is a standard bluebell, albeit at a less ripe stage – the colour does lessen slightly as they age

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