Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Bluebell Time


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Originally uploaded by NellyMoser.
Today Paddy and I went for a walk in Portglenone forest.

..there is more to the forest than just trees - over 150 different species of shrub, flower, fern, moss as well as tree thrive in Portglenone Forest. One of our best known flowers is the bluebell – and we have around 12 hectares of bluebells at Portglenone: at 30 bluebells per metre², that comes to over 31/2 million bluebells, probably the greatest spread in N Ireland!

Read more about Portglenone Forest here

6 comments:

Adam said...

And my mum said she wasn't going to see any decent amount of bluebells this year...

Nelly said...

Maybe she's right. They're late this year and we have had a very dry spring. I've seen them denser than that in Portglenone.

Caroline said...

Ahhhhh ... the bluebells are lovely. Aparently our indigenous bluebells are under threat from a Spanish invader that people favour for their gardens. The smell in a bluebell wood does your heart good.

I don't know about them being late though. The further north the later they get. When I lived up in North Antrim they didn't appear until late May or early June most years. I thought that global warming had shortened the summer months until I moved back to County Down. Never been in Portglenone forest although I've passed it many's a time.

Adam said...

I was at Portglenone today, I got some good pictures which I will put up on flickr tomorrow. The smell of the bluebells was amazing, and the smell of the wild garlic was weird. I got stung by a nettle but luckily there were dock leaves near! :D

Adam said...

Portglenone bluebell photos

Nelly said...

Awesome photos Adam. Hope your nettle sting is better. When Bert gets stung it is still sore a day later.