We love Bluebell season - do you ? The stunning iridescence of the flowers is just magical through the trees in the woods near our home. Bluebells are a favourite with the fairies , and we definitely know spring is here when we see them .
And we have them growing in our garden also - white ones too :-)
Bluebells are best seen in the UK between mid-April and May. They usually bloom in the south of the country first , and slowly spread north as spring progresses. They are a protected species so please don't pick them ! They look their prettiest anyway in a carpet in their natural habitat.
These stunning photos of Sev and Lily playing in the woods were taken by Stephanie Dreams photography and they show off our Hettie Pet Collection beautifully
Wild flowers are what make our woods so special and throughout the seasons we see all sorts of wonderful colours and species appearing
Stunning blossom on all of the trees and hedgerows and glorious shades of pink, white and yellow peeping through the leaves . Blossoms provide pollen to pollinators such as bees, and initiate cross-pollination necessary for the trees to reproduce by producing fruit. Blossom trees have a tendency to lose their flower petals in wind-blown cascades, often covering the surrounding ground in petals. So pretty !
And simple cowslips and primroses with their sunny yellow heads smiling at us . Isn't yellow a lovely happy colour ? Cowslips are one of the best known spring flowers. The cup-shaped, yellow flowers grow in nodding clusters on tall stalks. The leaves are oval with relatively wrinkled edges similar to the Primrose, but narrowing more abruptly into the stalk. We see a lot of them everywhere when we visit our house in France.
A carpet of snowdrops is such a welcome sight after the long winter months. Flowering between January and March, their brilliant white petals and green leaves are a welcome sight, signalling the growth of new life. Snowdrops are hardy herbaceous plants that perennate by underground bulbs.
And the wispy petals of cow parsley are so pretty. Cow parsley is a hollow-stemmed, tall plant that grows rapidly in the summer before dying back. It likes shady habitats in particular, and can be found decorating woodland edges, roadside verges and hedgerows with masses of frothy, white flowers. These flower umbels (umbrella-like clusters) appear from May until June.
You can a bit more about our British Woodland flowers here on the Woodland Trust website. Creating new woodland is at the heart of what they do. They mobilise communities, landowners and volunteers to get trees in the ground, and aim to plant a tree for every person in the UK. This is a fabulous way of helping to prevent climate change and protect our environments for future generations to come.
We created our Hettie Woodland collection inspired by our adventures in the woods. Calm and quiet, but full of changing life. We wanted to capture the stunning backdrop of the trees against the glorious flowers and leaves which change throughout the seasons. We created this collection to remind us of the feelings we have when walking in the woods.
Did you know that after a walk in the woods your focus and attention significantly improves? This is because nature shifts our minds to a more relaxed and passive mode, allowing our concentration to replenish. A good walk in the woods gives the necessary boost to cope with the demands of everyday life.
Whether you love soft, pastel lavender or richer, darker bluebell tones, our Woodland Collection sends you back to your favourite spot in the woods. From cushions and scarves made from ethically sourced wool to your everyday crossbody bag, you will be reminded of nature's peaceful stillness everywhere you go.
We are always snapping photos of flowers on our walks with the dogs and have too many to show here :-) Do you take lots of photos on a dog walk too ?!