Over the past few weeks we have been enjoying a daily assault on our senses here in the woods. Each morning as we opened our garden door, the scent of bluebells filled the air. A short wander into the woods and we were greeted by a magical sight: a carpet of blue, a haze of delicate flowers that stretched right out into the distance.
There is nothing more wonderful (in my opinion!) that an early morning walk or a walk around 5pm to head off into the blue haze. It is at these times of day that I always feel visiting the ‘bells is best; the scent that wafts through the air is almost thirst quenchingly delicious and the blue haze looks so incredible under the fresh, new leafy canopy above and in the soft dappled light.
We witnessed the bluebells turn from early green shoots to their darkest blue in what felt like a matter of days, the dark blue gradually getting paler as they began to fade away… it was at their most beautiful that we headed out for the walk seen below.
The afternoon light was so soft and flickered down onto the bluebells and created such a beautiful backdrop. These photos however, are now a thing of the past as the bluebells have now departed for another year, the blue haze has been replaced with little stems with pods ready to release the seeds of next years bluebells.
Soon we will see the return of the foxgloves, which are now shooting amongst the chestnut coppice, the the blue haze will be replaced by flecks of deep pink.
Whilst these seasonal blooms never seem to last long enough it is always such a welcome moment in Spring to see the bluebells and then towards early Summer, the return of the foxgloves; these wild, woodland blooms are the early pollinators and prove to be vital in maintaining optimum health for the surrounding flora, as well as that of the bees and insects that visit them.
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Conker Pinafore is our all time favourite, classic pinafore shaped dress from Nellie Quats with gathered skirt front and elasticated waist back for a comfortable fit. Made from soft, light-weight, white stripe linen. Designed to sit above the knee and is perfect for layering in cooler weather or stripping back in the summer.
Ditsy Dot & Nellie Quats Collaboration Carter Bow – We have lots of bows from Nellie Quats and have always loved the simplicity of them, as well as the prints uses, this bow however was made in collaboration with Ditsy Dot and was created to match the NQ Spring/Summer collection. Made from beautifully soft white stripe linen. You can choose from either a hair tie or clip, however we always choose the clips as we feel you can use them on the end of pigtails, the top of a pony tail, or simply to clip my daughter’s whispy hair out of her face.