transplanting wild bluebells

Ray 3Ray 3 Posts: 26

Hi ,there is a carpet of bluebells in a woodland directly behind my back garden,really stunning looking at the moment..I have a bank at the end of my garden and am in process of planting it up with daffodils and tulips  and was wondering if I dug up some of the bluebells would they grow on my bank.If so ,when would be the right time to do this.



  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,501

    Hi Ray, it's illegal to dig up wild flowers so I wouldn't advise it.  However, you can collect seed and they will eventually flower but it might take a few years.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,777

    Yes, as Bob says it's illegal to dig up British wild flowers - however you can buy some from grown from cultivated stock.  This is just one supplier from many .

    However, as you say, bluebells grow naturally in woodland shade - is your bank going to be the right sort of place for them?

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    Blubells look great en masse.  They do not look great mixed up with daffs and tulips.

    By all means go and admire them where they grow naturally, but leave them alone.  As the others have said it is illegal to dig them up, though you could try scattering seed from them.

  • Ray 3Ray 3 Posts: 26

    Thanks for the feedback guys,really appreciate it.The woodland in question however is privately owned and there would be no problem getting permission from the owner.Would it still be illegal to pick them on that basis?The bank in question is partly shaded to accommadate them by the way.However as an "amateur" gardener lol I would be grateful for alternate suggestions for my bank! As I said I am in process of trying to brighten it up a bit.Basically it is a rough grassy verge at the end of the lawn with the bank directly behind it.The verge is about 30ft long and 5to 6ft wide and an uneven surface which I use a strimmer on.The bank is same length and about 5ft high.It has a rough enough surface with stones etc protruding from the top and side as it is the perimeter around the said woodland,and I just strim that aswell to keep tidy.I just want to brighten the end of the garden up with some colour.There are two ash trees on the verge sown about 10 yrs ago so I am just intending on putting bulbs or something  in there that requires no maintenance but would brighten the area up.Hope I have described it in enough detail and I would really appreciate any suggestions.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,270

    The sloping verges around here currently have lots of cowslips which are nice at this time of year, and then they are followed by oxeye daisies and then you can strim it all down in August.Small daffs such as tete a tete look nice in March.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • granmagranma Posts: 1,600

    How about filling the bank with a series of other wild flowers by seed , or bulbs . differant plants for the changing seasons .,  you could go for a huge spread of the wild Primrose  /cowslips etc This would blend in beautiful with the background of the now Bluebells  and the trees which you mention too would give the look the height. I myself wouldnt go for a mix on a big scale unless your chosen plants do not have any which are vigerus species . As it has been mentioned there are companies which specialise legaly in wild Flowers if you let them know of the soil / growing conditions they can advise too . in Autumn  2012   I came across on the internet some nursery selling the wild orchids . These too would look good and amongst the grass  with the woodland in the background . Some photo's would be lovely when you get your banking up and in flower with whatever you choose!

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    If you want wild flowers to increase remember not to strim until the seeds have fallen.  Could be July.

  • BavbulbsBavbulbs Posts: 12

    Whilst on holiday in Scotland last May, we were given some bluebell bulbs, which a friend had dug up from her garden. We planted these in the autumn in our garden in Bavaria. A lot of green leaves have come up but as yet no flowers. Is it normal for the first year after transplanting? Our soil is clay and stone and we had a very cold winter, normal here. The bulbs were planted at the base of trees and our garden is surrounded by woodland. It would be so nice to grow these 'wild' flowers. Thank you.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 14,711

    be careful what you wish for. Bluebells can become a bit of an invasive weed. I looked after a garden for clients for 15 years and every couple of years we would try to cull some of them .  I used to remove them by the barrow load.

  • BavbulbsBavbulbs Posts: 12

    Its the sort of weed we would love, the garden gets covered in ground-elder and weeds are about the only thing that grow well here. However, I am not sure if bluebells can survive in southern Germany, although its hard to imagine that all 26 bulbs died.

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