If You Go Down To The Woods Today..


They’re back.



The scene changes by the second along with the light.

The best light for photographing bluebells is just before dusk. The colour is so much stronger then. It’s a fleeting moment. Shadows already deepening betwixt the trees. Something was down there with me. I could hear rustling and see movement amidst the leaf cover on the woodland floor.



English Bluebells, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, cover the slope leading down to the river.



Trees have fallen since last year. It’s a relatively inaccessible part of the garden even without the excessive wet we’ve endured this last winter and spring. Quite the expedition. My wellies sank several inches into the mud. Lucky I replaced the leaky ones.



And now I’m in the doghouse for bringing back the tripod with dirty feet.



Worth it though.


2018-05-11T11:29:16+00:00May 11th, 2018|Tags: |


  1. justjilluk May 11, 2018 at 11:38 am - Reply


    • Jessica May 11, 2018 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jill. They are the highlight of Spring for me.

  2. Marian St.Clair May 11, 2018 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Ahhhh…so worth it!

    • Jessica May 11, 2018 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      I hope there are still some bluebells out by the time you get over here. There should be, we are usually a week or so ahead of the east.

  3. janesmudgeegarden May 11, 2018 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    How lovely those woods are with the little stream running through and the sunlight playing on the leaves and bluebells.ive recently learnt about English and Spanish bluebells…guessing yours are English.

    • Jessica May 11, 2018 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      The Spanish are the thugs. Unfortunately our predecessors planted loads of the wretched things, even though they had a wood full of the English. Last year I pulled them all up, well the foliage anyway, the bulbs bed themselves down really deep. This year they’re all back as if nothing had happened. I shall keep going until eventually they run out of energy.

  4. Christina May 11, 2018 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Oh Jessica, you have your own bluebell wood. My envy is endless. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jessica May 11, 2018 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      It’s only a small one, but spreading nicely. When the bluebells finally die down (not just yet I hope) we will have to get in there and remove the fallen trees.

  5. Pauline May 11, 2018 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Wonderful, you can’t beat a lovely drift!

    • Jessica May 11, 2018 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      They make up for my lack of fritillaries.. plus no lily beetles and the pheasants leave them alone!

  6. derrickjknight May 11, 2018 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Great shots chronicling the light. (I photographed a single bluebell this morning)

    • Jessica May 11, 2018 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      A close up of a single bluebell really shows the structure. And how beautiful they really are.

  7. Linda from Each Little World May 11, 2018 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    You are certainly right about the color changes. But how perfect to have your very own bluebell wood. That song was a childhood favorite.

    • Jessica May 11, 2018 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      It was a favourite of mine too. Except there was no surprise.. I’ve been out every morning for over a week watching the blue tinge steadily grow.

  8. FlowerAlley May 11, 2018 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Sooooooo lovely.

    • Jessica May 11, 2018 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks. And nature did it all by herself.

  9. Peter Herpst May 11, 2018 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous! Oh that time could go slower at this time of year so that we could enjoy such beauty even longer.

    • Jessica May 11, 2018 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      Oh gosh, yes. Why can’t I trade winter for three more months of May?

  10. Heyjude May 11, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    You have your own bluebell wood? Oh, how wonderful. Great photos too, especially that close-up shot. Such a gorgeous colour.

    • Jessica May 11, 2018 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      It’s a stunning colour. That last shot was taken quite close to the house, you can see the wall in the background. But the light conditions were perfect. Really low sun just clipping the flower spike which was mostly in shade. It let me capture the colour exactly as I saw it.

  11. Dorothy Borders May 11, 2018 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • Jessica May 11, 2018 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      Bluebells have to be the highlight of English spring woodlands. I wait all year for this moment.

  12. Ali May 11, 2018 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    That last photo is especially lovely.

    • Jessica May 11, 2018 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      The colour is wonderful isn’t it? No processing required.

  13. Beth @ PlantPostings May 11, 2018 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    That’s impressive! My Virginia Bluebells are starting to fill in — different species than yours, but the color and the effect in the woods are similar. Thanks for sharing these beautiful scenes!

    • Jessica May 11, 2018 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      After your awful winter that must be a sight to behold. It certainly is for me here.

  14. Mark and Gaz May 11, 2018 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Most definitely, it’s beautiful!

    • Jessica May 11, 2018 at 9:49 pm - Reply

      Thanks guys. Despite the weather forecast for tonight, which has me corralling everything that will move back into the greenhouse, bluebells tell me that Spring has properly arrived.

  15. snowbird May 11, 2018 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Oh….isn’t that just beautiful? Lucky you. They are such a beautiful colour. Well worth the tripod getting muddy feet!xxx

    • Jessica May 11, 2018 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      Try telling that to Mike. The tripod has been left in the porch waiting for someone (?) to clean it up. 🙁

  16. Kris P May 12, 2018 at 12:57 am - Reply

    They’re gorgeous! I love blue in the garden but it is a tricky color to photograph. Of course you needed the tripod to get the job done right.

    • Jessica May 12, 2018 at 8:21 pm - Reply

      Especially in the soft light, I wouldn’t have had a hope otherwise.

  17. germac4 May 12, 2018 at 4:21 am - Reply

    Your garden is looking pure woodland… The bluebells are a treat, sprinkled amongst the greenery. Great photo of the individual Bluebell. I don’t think I’ve looked at one in such detail before… So all worth it!

    • Jessica May 12, 2018 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      The detail is just as beautiful as seeing them en masse. I just wish they lasted longer.

  18. Susan Garrett May 12, 2018 at 9:59 am - Reply

    How lucky to have a bluebell wood and I bet the scent is wonderful too.

    • Jessica May 12, 2018 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      I didn’t know it was here until we moved in. A wonderful surprise.

  19. Cathy May 12, 2018 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Beautiful – and all yours! 😀

    • Jessica May 12, 2018 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      The wood extends into our neighbour’s property. He has even more!

  20. Rosie May 12, 2018 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    How beautiful:)

    • Jessica May 12, 2018 at 8:27 pm - Reply

      They are a delight aren’t they. There is something very special about bluebells. Perhaps because, in these numbers, they indicate an ancient wood.

  21. karen May 12, 2018 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    So worth it. How lovely to have native bluebells in your garden. I’ve got a small patch which is heading off down the ditch and along the lane. No loyalty there for starting them off!

    • Jessica May 15, 2018 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Isn’t that always the way! Thanks Karen.

  22. catmint May 12, 2018 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    I’m struck by the contrast between the mass of blue, and the closeup details of an individual flower and adore the wild romantic look of this scene.

    • Jessica May 15, 2018 at 8:46 am - Reply

      It’s made more romantic by the need to put in a bit of effort to go and see them. Less so when you are up to the top of your wellies in mud! One day we will build a path.

  23. Freda May 13, 2018 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Wonderful photographs Jessica.. I am lucky to have a patch across the road just at eye level with my study window – but they are not out yet…

    • Jessica May 15, 2018 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Yay! You have all the pleasure to come.

  24. offtheedgegardening May 13, 2018 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Wonderful x

    • Jessica May 15, 2018 at 8:48 am - Reply

      Thanks Gill. It’s a bonus I didn’t realise we had when we bought the place.

  25. CherryPie May 15, 2018 at 12:03 am - Reply

    So beautiful 🙂

    Whilst I was gardening a few days ago I noticed we had some English bluebells in our border. They must have been a gift from the birds 🙂

    • Jessica May 15, 2018 at 8:51 am - Reply

      Gifts from the birds are always welcome. Well, mostly. But they certainly did you a favour there. Does that mean you have a bluebell wood nearby?

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