We are being battered this morning. The wind is bashing things about. The old farm sheds have a lot of loose corrugated iron and the wind can always find it and bang it about. Rain is crashing noisily against the glass in my windows.
Margaret has just rung me (She is Fizz’s owner) and she said, “I want to keep Fizz in this morning, she is going to the beauty parlour today.”and she went on, “I left it as long as I could because I thought it was still a bit cold but I can’t leave it any longer.”
Why? What’s wrong with Fizz?
Well in my experience women have a finer eye for this sort of detail than men do and anyway it is not very nice out.
I may not even walk her today and if I do I won’t take my camera. It is not because of the bad weather but I always feel guilty waiting for her to come back from the beauty parlour.
It must cost a few bob and they go to all this trouble to get a lovely clean, tidy dog and the moment she gets home we go out and roll in mud. I might let them enjoy their clean dog for one day.
I walk Fizz more to give her the stimulation and interest than to exercise her, she could run around on her hamster wheel if she needed exercise. I expect that she will find three hours at the BP stimulating enough for today.
So what to do?
I am going to talk about Bluebells (we will be going to see them soon)
When I was out finding new Speedwells I noticed a few other flowers about. There was a lot of Bugle.
But this is really such a nice flower that it deserves a post of it’s own (when the weather is better)
The other thing that I saw a lot of was The Enemy.
This is not a Bluebell. Well it is not a Hyacinthoides non-scripta, a native British Bluebell.
It doesn’t really look anything like a Bluebell, it is not the same shape. This is a hybrid of the Spanish Bluebell and a sweet and innocent English Bluebell that was seduced because of her innocence.
The key to telling the species apart is normally given as the pollen colour.
Come here you! Show them!
This is what The Natural History Museum has to say,
“The easiest way to tell the difference between native and non-native bluebells is to look at the colour of the pollen.
If it is creamy-white then the bluebell is a native. If it is any other colour, such as pale green or blue, then it is definitely not native.”
These are native.
“If it is creamy-white then the bluebell is a native.”
No Sir. You are wrong.
Growing in amongst these obvious hybrids there were a lot of white hybrids.
I searched every flower and there was not a trace of blue or green pollen to be seen, every single one was creamy white.
Once upon a time these flowers would have been shot as spies, they are out of uniform but they most definitely are not Hyacinthoides non-scripta.
This is what a white native Bluebell looks like.
The enemy is at our door and it seems that in many cases they are becoming smarter than us. More vigilance is called for.
Photos of a newly shorn Fizz will be coming up soon 🙂