Spring Bulbs in the Park 2010

Peter bell

bulbs planted in October/November 2009

Last October & November the Children from Hollyfield Primary School planted some 5,000 wild flower bulbs in the woodland area on the Eastern side of Rectory Park, the bulbs were purchased by the Friends of Rectory Park from the Trinity Ward Community Chest Funding. The children planted Wild Daffodils, Wood Anemones, Snowdrops, Lily of the Valley, Snakeshead Fritillaries and the British Bluebells and to our surprise and delight among the bluebells were three clumps of the rare "Albino" Bluebell, which according to Dr. Stefan Bodnar, Local Biodiversity Officer for Birmingham City Council who said that they look like native rather than Spanish Bluebells from the attached photograph. The "albino" flowers lack the pigment that gives bluebells their traditional purplish blue colour. White versions of the Spanish variety of bluebells, introduced 200 years ago, are relatively common, but these are the much rarer native British type.A beautiful spring display of wild daffodils can be seen in Rectory Park's eastern woodland area for which we can thank the children from Hollyfield Primary School who planted a 1,000 bulbs last October. These flowers only grow between 8 to 10 inches in height