Picking Bluebells


This spring I've been on "bloom watch." Keeping my eyes peeled for the latest buds and blossoms since each phase of spring can be fleeting. A couple of years ago we tried to go to a park known for its bluebell forests, in the peak time recommended to view them and all the bluebells were gone. We could see the trails and sad little stems where the bluebells ought to have been, but none of the intense blue bell-shaped buds we were hoping for. So, this year I've been checking the woods quite regularly. Not the parks well-known for their bluebells or even the regular footpaths, but rather I'm of course into a bit of wild wood where I managed to catch them at nearly their peak. I picked a few as well to scatter in my backyard in hopes of growing a few there, since this is one wildflower that seems to thrive in the shade. It's the sort of quiet, wild area where one understands where the legends of fairies comes from and seems to call for timeless dressing; a simple wooden basket and classic linen dress. The latter came just in time (it arrived the day before we took these pictures!) in the form of a Son de Flor linen dress in grey dandelion--a soft, shadowy color that shifts between grey and blue based on the light. I've been admiring their timeless dresses on Pinterest for what seems like ages and their linen clothes feel as dreamy in person as they look in their elegant and natural photos. This is their short sleeve classic dress; aptly named since it will look as lovely in fifteen years as it does right now. It's a feminine dress that seems destined to be taken on adventures; pair it with your sturdiest oxfords and step out into that wild blue(bell) yonder...


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  1. Blue was my favourite colour growing up and I've always been fascinated by bluebells. They're so pretty! I'd love to pick bluebells too!

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  2. These pictures are so magical! It's like a fairytale land!

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  3. I hate to be critical, as the photos are lovely of course (just as always), but I do think it's a shame to trample and pick these lovely (and declining, if they are true British bluebells rather than the Spanish variety) flowers, rather than leaving them for others to enjoy.

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    1. Hi Anonymous, I understand that--especially leaving them for others, but this area is not where anyone else goes; we had to have quite a jaunt through the woods until we found some patches of bluebells; I wouldn't pick them from some of the more popular parks and walks where other people do go and it would be a shame to find them half-picked if you made a special trip out to them. We've been seeing them in a lot of the public parks and again, never picked or gone off trail there, but here there is no trail, no path--I would honestly be surprised if someone else found this area/accidentally wandered over. And today is the first I've heard that British bluebells are declining (received a similar comment on my IG), so I looked around online about it and there doesn't seem to be any indication that picking them is harmful. The decline is coming from the Spanish bluebells being a bit more heartier with warmer weather (global warming is sited as a cause) and that planting or spreading those would is bad for the British bluebells, but I didn't find a single article about how picking some bluebells in the woods behind your house would be bad for the overall plant.

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    2. Thanks for your considered reply. I really didn't wish to seem harsh, so I'm glad you took my comment in the spirit it was intended. I quite agree that one individual picking a few bluebells is not likely to have any significant impact overall, but obviously if everyone were to do so then it could become an issue, as it would put additional pressure on a species that is already struggling due to competition with an invasive plant. I was just concerned that as a very influential blogger, other people might follow your lead, without thinking about the possible consequences.

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    3. I don't think you were harsh at all and if it hadn't been for your comment or the one I received on IG,
      I'd never know about the British bluebell being in danger (endanger?). It's weird, I've done shoots with bluebells before--a big one last year in particular--but no one ever said anything about picking them or how the British bluebell is under threat to me before this post. Although that said, I don't know if these are the British bluebells or Spanish ones! But I'll definitely try to be more cautious with the bluebells in my area moving forward and avoid picking them (although I do have a 2nd bluebell post to share--not explicitly picking them this time tho--that I shot before this post went live and I learned more).

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    4. I was also going to comment on the picking of bluebells because I've always thought (I could be wrong!) that certainly in the UK, it is against the law to pick protected wild flowers! Apparently it depends on the circumstances and who the land belongs to but certainly, their being a protected species would make me cautious about picking them. But then I've read the comment stream above so I can see you know that!
      By the way, the way to tell whether the bluebells are true British ones or Spanish invaders is to look at the bloom INSIDE the bell-shape. If the flowers are cream-coloured (and have a scent) they are the true British ones. If the flowers inside the bell are purple, and don't have a scent, they are Spanish invaders!

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    5. Hi Kezzie, I learned about all this only after the blog post, but I have been researching now to be better informed. So, actually it's not illegal to pick bluebells in the UK. It is illegal to sell wild bluebells. Here's the list of protected plants: http://www.ukwildlife.com/index.php/wildlife-countryside-act-1981/schedule-8/ Bluebells are on the list only in regards to section 13 (2) which is about selling, so it is ok to pick them b/c they are not designated toward section section (1) picking. It states that specifically; I'm just trying to read up as much as possible since this conversation started!
      Thanks for the tip about identifying them! I can't smell anything from ours, but there's so much wild garlic about that it's pretty overpowering. I'll have to look inside some blooms next time!

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  4. These flowers are so pretty, they are starting to bloom here too!
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  5. Such dreamy pictures, it's like they're straight out of a fairytale. I really like your style, you inspire me so much - and it's because of you I've discovered some of my favourite brands/online shops:) Thank you for sharing with us!

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  6. These pics are dreamy! Bluebells and a lovely dress. You look so elegant and timeless in it! Beautiful photos. Wonderful surroundings

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  7. These photos are gorgeous! I love the blue on blue.

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  8. What utterly gorgeous photos - and what a dress to wear to be among the wonderful bluebells. Just perfect! I haven't ventured into any bluebell woods this year yet and I'm probably close to missing my chance... Kx

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  9. These pictures are so beautiful! Amazing story and I am so in love with your whole look!
    xx Nicki
    www.morningelegance.de

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  10. Oh my goodness I am in love with this dress! I feel like I might need to start saving up for one of my own but maybe in red or white.....
    http://www.lifewiththeroofdown.com/

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  11. Wow. Wow. Wow. What a beautiful post!

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