The common or English bluebell (hyacinthoides non scripta) is a familiar sight in woodlands at this time of year. It’s particularly associated with ancient woodlands, and the English variety of the plant is a protected species.
There’s also another kind, the Spanish bluebell or hyacinthoides hispanica, which is an introduced species and has paler flowers. This is the kind most commonly found in gardens, as although it has a much fainter scent it’s easier to grow. Bring the bluebells into your home all year round with our pick of the top ten bluebell-inspired home accessories.
1. Bluebell mug, Emma Bridgewater
This beautiful mug from Emma Bridgewater has the high quality and attention to detail you’d expect – and at half a pint capacity, it’s a sensible size too! A percentage of the purchase price goes to the National Gardens Scheme, which goes to support nursing and caring charities. £19.95 from Emma Bridgewater.
2. Lily Flame bluebell diffuser
This gorgeous scented diffuser from Lily Flame is reminiscent of forests and spring flowers, and will make your home smell outdoor fresh. RRP £20.
3. Bluebell vase, Dartington Crystal
This pretty little vase by Dartington Crystal is made for bluebells. The tall, fluted shape will hold the long-stemmed flowers to perfection, and stop them drooping. £27, available from John Lewis.
4. Bluebell towels, John Lewis
These towels are excellent quality with a thick soft pile, made from Egyptian cotton. The ‘bluebell’ colour works particularly well in a plain white bathroom, and recalls bluebell woods for a relaxing atmosphere. Prices from £2 to £24, from John Lewis.
5. Teapot and cup, Laura Lee
To celebrate the 13th birthday of her business, designer Laura Lee has launched this new range of Meadown china, feature a range of wildflowers including bluebells. We love this tea-for-one set, incorporating a saucer, cup and stacking teapot. The range launches on 31st May 2014, and the set retails at £35. For more information, visit the Laura Lee Design website.
6. Bluebell outdoor print, Inside Out Garden Art
Bluebells are only in flower for a relatively short period of time, so here’s a great solution. Specialist company Inside Out Garden Art make weatherproof prints of all types of outdoor subjects, including this lovely image of bluebell woods, perfect for displaying against a wall, shed or the side of the house. The prints come in a range of different sizes, and they’re also perfect for hiding the less-than-lovely spots in your garden. Prices start at £85, available from Inside Out Garden Art.
7. Bluebell card and seeds, Beefayre
This lovely greetings card comes with a packet of wildflower seeds, ready to start your own bee-friendly wildflower patch. 5% of the proceeds are donated to bee conservation to help the plight of the British honeybee. £4.95, available from Annabel James.
8. Bluebell-scented candle, St Eval
This delicately-scented candle is hand poured in Britain, and we love the rustic design that will be equally at home indoor or out. £4.95, available from One Brown Cow.
9. Damson bluebell wallpaper, Graham and Brown
This stunning damson bluebell wallpaper will transform any room in a garden retreat, and the delicate, elegant design will be equally at home in a contemporary or traditional setting. Now on sale at Debenhams, the paper costs £12.50 a roll (was £22).
10. Bluebell art print, Graham and Brown
If you just can’t get enough of the nation’s favourite spring flower, you can hang it on your walls as well. This peaceful morning landscape would look great in the bedroom, and give the right relaxing touch. Was £34.99 now £27.99 at Debenhams.