Magical blooming bluebells

Spring brings us the bluebell season. The intense hue of a bluebell wood, with its dappled light from the tree canopy, is a truly magical sight!

BLUEBELL is the first pattern design in my new collection inspired by iconic UK steam train journeys. Bluebell refers to the Bluebell Railway in Sussex, one of the first preserved heritage lines in the country.⁣ The journey includes Horsted Keynes station – you may know it as 'Downton' from Downton Abbey – restored to the mid-1920s Southern Railway period.⁣ Look closely at the pattern and you can spot rivets, tracks, points and a leaf steam dome.

BLUEBELL ©fortyvenus

BLUEBELL ©fortyvenus

The British bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), not to be confused with non-native varieties which are sadly threatening the future of our true native variety, has a delicate drooping row of sweetly-scented bell-shaped flowers. Legend says that a field of bluebells is intricately woven with fairy enchantments. We have until the end of May before the bluebells disappear for another year, you can click here to find your nearest bluebell wood in the UK. The Woodland Trust site also has more information about this blue beauty; one of the nation's best-loved wild flowers.

BLUEBELL is now available as a cotton tote design with taupe handles in the shop, perfect for plant lovers and steam train enthusiasts alike.