Chances are many people would vote for the beautiful nodding bells of Endymion non-scriptus, the much beloved Bluebell. At their absolute best right now in the month of May. The Upper Usk Valley probably has more than its fair share of fantastic bluebell woods and if you are in the area do seek them out and be amazed by both the sight and scent of these wonderful flowers. Particularly associated with ancient woodland it is protected under UK law and should not be picked or uprooted.
Bluebell flowers are rich in pollen and nectar, and are chiefly pollinated by bumblebees. Bluebells synthesise a wide range of chemicals with potential medicinal properties.
Did you know?…..In the Bronze Age, people used bluebell glue to attach feathers to their arrows. Bluebell sap was used to bind pages to the spines of books and the Victorians used the starch from crushed bluebells to stiffen the ruffs of their collars and sleeves!
These images were taken in the Crai Bluebell Woods by Carole Gledhill.
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