Sunday, April 29, 2012

Blues That Lift the Spirits ...

I thought we might be too early for the spring gentians Gentiana verna when we visited Widdybank Fell in Teesdale on Friday - a rare day with some sunshine - but a few of these botanical jewels were just coming into flower in some of the more sheltered spots. At times the sky was almost as blue as the gentian petals, during a welcome break between days of heavy rain.





10 comments:

  1. Dazzling colour.
    Let's hope the weather improves for us all soon - hailstones here at the moment.

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  2. They are the most stunning blue, Phil. Looks like a good walk up there, too.
    What kind of soil do the gentians require? Any chance of raising them from seed for the garden?

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  3. What beauties! The rain has just stopped here but I get the feeling that it might start again tomorrow.

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  4. Fascinating - surprises me too. Didn't know about these plants growing wild. I imagine it's too warm on the south coast to find any here.

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  5. It's supposed to get warmer and brighter this week snippa, so I guess the gentians will be at their best next week...

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  6. Hi Rob, they are really adapted to those tundra-like conditions - long, cold winters and high rainfall ......

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  7. Hi Lucy, this part of the Pennines is the only location in England where you can find them ....

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  8. Hi toffeeapple, I was lucky to be there on the only sunny day last week ...

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  9. Hi Phil
    I was inspired by your photos to go out and get a decent spring gentian shot myself, and managed to get out last week. I've written about it on my blog and gave this post and your Country Diary post a plug. Hope you don't mind!
    Yasmine http://muddytracks.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/hide-and-seek/

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  10. Thanks Yasmin, Glad you found them in flower.... and I really like your pictures. Best wishes, Phil

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