Finally, the Bluebells are returning and once again the woodland floors are being carpeted in azure. In a previous article on Bluebells, several disgruntled gardeners bemoaned the clumsy intrusion of the hooligan Spanish cousins of the delicate pale native English version of these charming flowers.
Some people (and even organisations) insist, Luddite-like on planting only native trees, and while this might, occasionally, seem an admirable determination – most people do not realise what this kind of resolve excludes. Apple trees, for instance are not native to the UK, so these beauties would be barred by default.
I wonder what these people would think about the idea of reintroducing apex predators, such as bears and wolves, into the UK countryside. Wild Boar have already accidentally reintroduced themselves and I’m sure that a few large carnivores would give an added exciting edge to any family picnic.
I do actually prefer the Traditional English Bluebell but I am not so obsessed that I would pull up Spanish or hybrid plants in our garden. Change and evolution is normal in the world, it cannot really be stopped, despite the common human desire to want to control nature.
|Bluebells, Purplebells and Whitebells|
On the subject of controlling nature; improvements are being made to the Octavia Road Open Space access and the Monks Path, presumably by the well-meaning council. In the process, approximately 10 mature apple trees have been needlessly felled. I spotted this regrettable and avoidable carnage when visiting the Community Orchard with my children, to judge when to organise a Blossom Walk. I wish the powers that be, would communicate and think about consulting first. If they initially discussed procedures with the people who care about these things; it would have been far better to prune the trees and improve access to them for the benefit of everyone.