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Still take care in these strange times and be patient ...


White Spanish Bluebells / Spanisches Hasenglöckchen (Hyacinthoides hispanica)

in our garden - Frankfurt-Nordend

for a Good Friday and a better future!


Spanish Bluebell / Spanisches Hasenglöckchen (Hyacinthoides hispanica)

in our garden - Frankfurt-Nordend


with Pink Spanish Bluebells / Spanisches Hasenglöckchen (Hyacinthoides hispanica)

in our garden - Frankfurt-Nordend

for a HBW!


Longing to see it again in about 3 months ;-))


Spanish Bluebells / Spanische Hasenglöckchen (Hyacinthoides hispanica) and Dandelions / Gewöhnlicher Löwenzahn (Taraxacum)

in our garden - Frankfurt-Nordend

Taken in the garden.

The garden is full of these, it is just a pity that they are not the native blubell but they are still attractive.

... at least as long as you are a Spanish Bluebell / Spanisches Hasenglöckchen (Hyacinthoides hispanica) in our garden - Frankfurt-Nordend

with some Spanish Bluebells / Spanische Hasenglöckchen (Hyacinthoides hispanica) in our garden - Frankfurt-Nordend


As it was a cool day with a rapid change of sunshine, rain, hailstorms and dark clouds, I had time to process some of my recent pictures ...

with some Spanish Bluebells / Spanische Hasenglöckchen (Hyacinthoides hispanica) and a bit of pond reflection

in our garden - Frankfurt-Nordend


Happy Blue Monday!

Hey! there is a wall on this lizard!

Thanks for your visits, kind comments and faves, very much appreciated.


Son las cuatro, Silencio,

Por la rendija

se ha asomado, risueña,

la lagartija..




Il est quatre heures, silence

D’un simple trou, souriante,

Le voilà qui se montre, curieux,

Le petit lézard



Antonio A. Gómez Yebra (Esp., 1950)




Foto: Lagartija común o “de pared”, o “de jardín” (con reserva, ya que se puede confundir con otras especies de lagartijas), la asustadiza y familiar Podarcis muralis (podarcis = pies ágiles) es la lagartija más famosa. Aquí se pierde en una rama de pino enano, en Auenheim (Alemania), cerca de la frontera con Francia, porque generalmente es visible en los viejos muros de piedra (secos), jardines, etc. Un animal autotómico, es decir que pierde la cola con facilidad, lo que le permite evadir a sus depredadores, porque la cola perdida continúa moviéndose, lo que constituye un engaño para el atacante. Este ejemplar me parece un poco mayor que nuestra Podarcis hispanicus, lagartija hispánica.


Photo : Petit lézard des murailles (sous toute réserve, car il peut se confondre avec d’autres espèces de lézards), craintif et familier Podarcis muralis (podarcis= pieds agiles) est le lézard le plus connu. Ici égaré sur une branche de pin nain, à Auenheim en Allemagne, près de la frontière française, car généralement il est visible sur les vieux murs en pierre (sèche). Un animal ‘autotomique’, qui perd sa queue facilement, ce qui lui permet de se dérober à ses prédateurs, car la queue perdu continue de s’agiter, ce qui constitue un leurre pour l’attaquant.


and a warm welcome to the new month, hopefully bringing some more spring warmth than April with the 'multiple ringing'

of Spanish 'Blue'bells / Spanische Hasenglöckchen (Hyacinthoides hispanica) in front of the tulips in our garden - Frankfurt-Nordend

for a happy beginning of the new week ...

with some Spanish Bluebells / Spanische Hasenglöckchen (Hyacinthoides hispanica)

in our garden - Frankfurt-Nordend

Muito obrigada à Ana Silva, anacm.silva e ao Isidro Vila Verde, jvverde.


Castro Verde, Portugal

Southeastern subspecies of the Spanish ibex, Capra pyrenaica hispanica

Our fabulous bluebells are beginning to flower across the UK, but wait… just because it’s blue, bell-shaped and blooming in a wood in early spring it doesn’t mean it’s our native bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta). Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) – a common favourite in gardens across the land - have been escaping into the wild for over 100 years. In fact, one in six broadleaved woodlands surveyed by Plantlife across the UK were found to contain a Spanish Bluebell or a hybrid between the two. So how can you tell the difference? Here’s our guide:


Native bluebells...


have narrow leaves, usually about 1cm or 1.5cm (about half an inch) wide


have deep blue (sometimes white, rarely pink), narrow, tube-like flowers, with the very tips curled right back


have flowers mostly on one side of the stem only, and distinctly drooping, or nodding, at the top


have a distinct sweet, fruity scent


inside the flowers, the anthers with the pollen are usually cream.


Spanish bluebells...


have broad leaves often 3cm (over an inch) wide


have paler blue (quite often pink and white), conical or bell-shaped flowers that have spread-out tips


have flowers all round the upright stem


have almost no scent or an unpleasant onion scent

inside the flowers, the anthers with the pollen usually blue (although this may vary a little).

The hybrid between these two is also very common – they’re actually more abundant than Spanish bluebells now - with a whole range of intermediate characters. The hybrids are often abundant in gardens, along hedgerows and road verges and in woods near to urban areas.

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The introduced Spanish variety has lower fertility and is unlikely to wipe out the native plant, according to genetic tests.

The Spanish bluebell's escape into the wild has raised concerns that the two plants could mix, leading to the loss of one of the spectacles of spring.

The violet-blue flowers appear in April and May, carpeting the woodland floor.

It turns out that the British bluebell has a genetic advantage.

"The greater fertility of the native British bluebell coupled with the huge numbers of individuals that exist in the wild means that it's got considerable resilience against any threat from these introduced plants," said Prof Pete Hollingsworth, director of science at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).

The British bluebell is one of the nation's best-loved plants, with 50% of the world's population found in the UK.

The native bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, also goes by the name common bluebell, wood bell, fairy flower and wild hyacinth.

Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) and hybrids


Upright stems


No scent


Conical bell-shaped flowers with open tips


Blue pollen

This butterfly has white uppersides to its wings. It is only the males that have orange-tipped forewings; females have small black tips. In both sexes the undersides of the hindwings are mottled with moss-green. The orange tips warn predators that this butterfly is highly distasteful.

Orange-tips are common throughout lowland England and Wales, but are rarer in Scotland. Females lay single, pale, spindle-shaped eggs on the underside of flower buds. These eggs turn deep orange after a few days.

The caterpillars hatch and feed on the developing seed pod. They are green and extremely hard to spot. Orange-tip caterpillars are cannibalistic, liable to eat another of their own species should they meet. Each caterpillar leaves its foodplant to overwinter as a chrysalis, probably in bushes and tall vegetation. Adults emerge in April.The females are white with black wingtips. Both have mottled green underwings.

Gypsophila vaccaria | Syn.: Vaccaria hispanica (Mill.) Rauschert


Kuhkraut | Kuhnelke


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This could be a Spanish bluebell, hyacinthoides hispanica or a cross between the Spanish bell and our native bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, which apparently is known as the hybrid Hyacinthoides x massartiana. (I hope you're concentrating because there will be a test later). Apparently the Spanish bells were introduced by the Victorians as a garden plant and these have escaped into the wild over the years. Another thing I learnt in my research is that all bluebells are poisonous if eaten, causing lowering of the pulse rate, nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting, so don't eat them!

I found these growing by the edge of a stream, so by getting at the right angle I managed to get the light reflected in the water as background bokeh, which made me happy!

Canon EOS 550D

ƒ/5.6 154.0 mm 1/160 iso 200


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