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Thumb of 2017-11-19/kniphofia/3a73e6@kniphofia submitted this image in the Wildflowers and Natives category of the The 2017 National Gardening Association Photo Contest .

kniphofia added a caption:Bluebells at Blickling Hall estate
Name: Alex
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samhain10
Dec 3, 2017 7:38 AM CST
This is so lovely. Can I move in? LOL
Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
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kniphofia
Dec 5, 2017 12:22 AM CST
These kinds of natural woodlands are diminishing in the UK due to pressure from housing, road expansion etc. It was so wonderful to see these beautiful native bluebells on such a massive scale - and the scent was fabulous!
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Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
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HemNorth
Dec 5, 2017 3:18 AM CST
@kniphofia, Your photo delighted me when I saw it in the contest. This phenomenon of English Bluebell woods is such an absolute delight to encounter.

When living for a year in Norwich on a teaching exchange in 1990, my mother came over from British Columbia to visit for a month. On a day's outing to Beth Chatto's Garden, near Colchester, we were returning by way of Lavenham, and stopped at a roadside stand to buy fresh Asparagus. We were persuaded by the owner, to take a slight detour to Lavenham, so that we could see a natural stand of Bluebells in the woods. It was breath-takingly beautiful! Very reminiscent of your idyllic scene.

I just checked back to see where your photo had been taken, and realised it was in the grounds at Blickling Hall, where I had worked in November 1989 as a garden volunteer for the National Trust! What a thrilling coincidence.

I so love this website, which connects people from all over the world. Thank you again, Sue for your beautiful photo, and all the wonderful memories it brought back for me.
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Name: Alex
mid MI (Zone 5a)
Cat Lover Daylilies Photo Contest Winner: 2017
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samhain10
Dec 5, 2017 7:28 AM CST
Sue - these are actually a kind of hyacinth, right? I bet they do smell heavenly! If I were 'independently wealthy', as they say, I'd buy a truckload of these things and plant them all over the property! Hurray!
Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
Charter ATP Member Bookworm Amaryllis Houseplants Annuals Garden Photography
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Foliage Fan Bulbs Bee Lover Frogs and Toads Container Gardener
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kniphofia
Dec 5, 2017 12:07 PM CST
Thank you both for your lovely comments. Yes it's often at these large estate gardens which are owned by the wealthy that you can see planting on this kind of scale.

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