Bluebells and Birches (Fairy Magic)


All across the lower slopes a soft spring breeze is playing silvery songs on the fresh green leaves of the silver birches. It’s notes fill the air, dazzling the ears with its shifting shingle waves, mingled with the scattered calls of cuckoos and excited sparrows. The woods have burst into life and Spring has spread a carpet of bluebells across the dark earthen floor. 

The deep vibrant blue of the bells shimmers in the sunlight, offering a stream of petals through the trees. Dancing delicately in the breeze they lure you onwards, ever deeper into the spring enchanted woods. The sweet soporific honey scent of the flowers invites you to rest and linger a while among these fairy flowers. But if you stray too far from the path into a bluebell ring you are bound to fall asleep for 100 years, stolen away to fairyland to dance and sing till your shoes wear out. You have been warned, but the lure of these blue beauties is strong, and the songs of Spring tinkle like fairybells confusing and entrancing the senses here among the silver birch. 

 If we lie down for just a little while, the sweet scent of the bells and the silvery songs of the birch will soothe our busy minds, opening our hearts and breath out into the abundant beauty of Spring on earth. The sunlight glints lime green through the sparse newly burst canopy of leaves and the whole of the kingdom of the birds has flown here to entertain us as we rest among the busy drone of the bees. The song of Spring has sprung across these low slopes of the Scottish Highlands and a smile slides slow and unbidden across our lips, we’ve been enchanted for sure. Lost to fairyland among the bluebell rings.  

 But wait, we’re saved by our faithful hound, who pulls us back into this time and space. Her wet nose a gentle reminder that tea time fast approaches and all the supplies are back at the house. Time to head back out of the magical birch woods and the bluebells and into normal life again.

True British Bluebells are a protected species and it’s illegal to gather any parts of the plants, but in the past the sticky sap of the stems was used to fletch arrows, to bind books and even to starch the stiff frilly Elizabethen collars of old.

The British variety with its vivid deep blue, it’s wonderful honey scent and its narrow curled flowers is under threat from the non-native Spanish Bluebells, which people often plant in their gardens. These hybridise with the native species and threaten its survival. Choose the native stock if you plant to plant bluebells, and you might even get some fairies into the bargain!

About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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37 Responses to Bluebells and Birches (Fairy Magic)

  1. Alexandra says:

    omg, this place is truly magical indeed, and gorgeous photos too… the bluebells always (for some completely irrational reason) make me think of poetry, of spending time at such place with a book, just daydreaming… 🙂 … and what a cute photobomber you got there 🙂

    • Thanks Alexandra, Willow is a super cute photo bomber….and she’s quite an expert…just when you get set up perfectly she will pop her nose in front of the lens😊
      Bluebells do have a sweet soporific scent, so I always would drift off to sleep when I tried to read in bluebell woods, but they are very special places!

  2. MJF Images says:

    That last shot was a nice surprise!

  3. What a lovely thought that old verses by Byron or Burns might have been bound by bluebell sap.

  4. LB says:

    A British friend of mine and I were just talking about Bluebells. It makes sense, but I did not know about the Scottish vs Brittish vs Spanish. They truly do make me happpy.
    And that fun, fun photo of your dog does, too! what is her name?

  5. Leya says:

    Sweet dreams and sweet Willow…Thank you for enchanting us, Seonaid!

  6. gwynnrogers says:

    I’m betting your faithful hound is really Rip Van Winkle in disguise. You can NEVER tell how your fairies will disguise themselves. Heck, they have incredible scenery around them to play in. I LOVE your pictures and scenery… especially your dog, as always!!

  7. ladyfi says:

    Magical purple fairy land!

  8. ! Which dog is this? I was reading along … happy entransed … when, there she was! Yikes. Beautiful botanicals … beautiful words.

  9. Maverick ~ says:

    Bluebells ringing in the Spring, wonderful post.

  10. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Birch and bluebells, the perfection of Spring, make me a happy girly 🙂

  11. Once again you bewitched me with your beautiful photos and enchanting narrative, Seonaid. So happy that your trusty hound brought you back to reality in time for tea. 🙂

  12. Lisa says:

    I didn’t know they were a protected species. Pretty captures!

  13. Dina says:

    It was a great outing, we loved the magic of the fairyland and the bluebells. 🙂 And your gorgeous dog, of course. ❤

  14. Robin says:

    How lovely and magical. It was nice to be enchanted for a little while. Thank you. 🙂
    We have Virginia Bluebells here (that look similar). I planted some last weekend in hopes they will spread their magic in and near our woods.

  15. Rachael says:

    Lovely piece. Thank you for sharing. xxx

  16. Love Bluebell woods.. they are a bit of Natures Magic, and you have captured that magic.. Lovely photo’s and post..

  17. kcaptain77 says:

    Another beautiful spiritual nature post, thank you. I once had a dog who looked like yours. Her name was Tiffany and she was the sweetest pet always keeping us laughing. She loved the outdoors and swimming sharing the water with us in shaking off..
    Peace, Joy and Gratitude

    • Tiffany sounds delightful….and yes the joy of dogs is to bring a smile to every moment…they are such fun to share outdoors adventures with Ken😊 and when I get lost in photography they always bring me back with a wet nose or a little impatient bark!!💕

  18. Sue says:

    What a lovely post, Seonaid! I enjoyed my virtual time under the birches, amidst the bluebells 😀

  19. Beautiful. 🙂 I’m working on a medicinal garden project for a local museum where plants will be chosen based upon their use for medicine and industry from the 1600-1800’s. Very interesting to learn how these plants were utilized.

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