Bells of the spring ball

Rutherglen Reformer - - House & Home -

This is the month Scot­land’s gor­geous car­pets of blue­bells burst into life. Perthshire in par­tic­u­lar has beau­ti­ful dis­plays in Cri­eff, Blair­gowrie and Aber­feldy. But there are sites right across Scot­land from Bal­macaan Wood in In­ver­ness to Cathkin Braes Coun­try Park in East Kil­bride and Al­douran Glen in Stran­raer. The wild blue­bell, Hy­acinthoides non-scripta, gives the coun­try­side a splash of spring colour, look­ing stunning in the grass un­der trees with white or grey bark such as the Bri­tish na­tive birch. In do­mes­tic gar­dens, they look nat­u­ral in ar­eas with dap­pled shade pro­vided by trees or large shrubs. Bulbs should be planted in au­tumn, 4-6cm deep in clumps of 20 or more. You’ll need a lot to make an im­pact. If you want to plant them in grass, lift patches of turf then plant the bulbs ac­cord­ingly.

GO WILD... beau­ti­ful blue­bells

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