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A 2-3 metre long bluebell (Endymion non-scriptus) patch in the boggy brae garden. The bits of wood are rowan branches that have fallen off the tree growing just above this patch. As you can see, the bluebells are not flowering yet, but soon, soon!

Bluebell patch

Bluebell patch

I used to think they flowered later than elsewhere because of the roe deer cropping of the young leaves that takes place every year, but I don’t think that holds them back because the bulbs are fed each year by the old leaves after the annual flowering. I think our garden’s north-eastern aspect is probably what makes the difference. You can see some cropping in the photo below:

Roe-deer-cropped bluebell leaves

Roe-deer-cropped bluebell leaves

Soon bluebells, soon!

Soon bluebells, soon!

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