Tuesday 19 July 2016

Harebell Hills

The Harebells seem to be out very early at Sconce Hills Park this year; I normally associate them with August - September flowering. I noticed them yesterday, small bright blue carpets, usually on sun facing slopes on the fortification itself and nowhere else on the park.

For a long time, I had no idea that harebells were a species in their own right, thanks to an erroneous wildflower book I had that said that "harebell" is what bluebells were called in England. And when I say a long time, I mean until about four years ago.

Same as I believed that Jimi Hendrix sang "Excuse me, while I kiss this guy" in Purple Haze for years and years. Yes, I was one of those "really was that stupid" stupid people.

The harebells themselves of course don't have to worry about such things. They can just get on with being pretty in the dazzling sun we've had for the last three days.

As long as they don't mind that a Pokestop has sprung up right on top of them...


All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 19.07.16


  1. Lovely to see so many harebells - one of my favourite flowers. There are a few in flower on common land near us and yes they do seem earlier this year.

    1. Thank you robin, more than I'm used to seeing as well!

  2. I just have a feeling Si that the Scots call them bluebells - as in The bluebells of Scotland.

  3. I loved the Harebells, Si, you had wrong about Jimi, ha ha.

  4. Thanks everyone! Lovely delicate shade of blue these flowers have

  5. Wonderful photos!
    If harebell is Campanula rotundifolia, it's what we call "cat's bell". :)
    I think it's the prettiest wildflower we have.