Bluebells!!!

The bluebells are starting to bloom at Riverbend Park.  Spring is really here! 

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Virginia Bluebell (Mertensia virginica)

The Fairfax County Park Authority’s blog provides some interesting information on bluebells, trillium, and other spring ephemeral wildlflowers. 

Allison Gillespee shared some great bluebell blooming spots in Montgomery County, Md and tips for planting bluebells in your own backyard – evidently bluebells are pretty easy to grow.  I saw some bluebell plants for sale at the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s native plant sale last Saturday, but unfortunately, the shady portion of my yard isn’t quite ready for new plantings. I think that I’ll have to wait until next year to start some backyards bluebells.

 

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Spring Beauties (Claytonia virginica) were also blooming at Riverbend park in early April.

 Some good Northern Virginia spots to view bluebells:

In all spots, look for bluebells in the rich floodplain soil along the river or stream banks.

4/14/14 Update:  Wanted to include two Washington Gardener blog posts listing additional bluebell viewing spots and describing how to grow bluebells.

Bluebell-themed events:

The Second Annual Bluebells at the Bend Festival will be held at Riverbend Park, from 10am to 2 pm on April 12th.  The festival will feature live music, wagon rides, wildflower walks, and other family activities.  Admission is $5.  Contact the park at 703-759-9018 for more information.

Bull Run Regional Park is holding a bluebell walk on April 12th, from 2-3 pm.  The walk is self-guided, but naturalists will be stationed along the trail to help visitors ID spring wildflowers and other forest plants and animal signs.

 

 

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