Bluebells

Or to give them their Latin name Hyacinthoides Non-Scripta.

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The story, in Greek mythology, goes that Apollo was in love with Prince Hyacinthus who died when a Jealous wind caused a discus to hit him in the head and kill him. From his blood sprang the flower that bears his name (well that is cutting a very long story short!)

50% of the world’s Bluebells are found in the United Kingdom where the folklore associated with them is much more to do with witchcraft and fairies. Here are a couple of them: if you hear a bluebell ring it is sign of impending death; if you walk through bluebells you will suffer bad luck. They are also meant to symbolise solitude and regret. They had their uses too. To the People of the Bronze Age they were glue and to the Victorians they were starch. Their sap was used to bind pages to the spines of books and feathers to arrows.

This takes me on to my next print, numbered 2/20 and signed Doris Bushell 1994. All I know about Doris is that she lived in Abingdon, Oxfordshire but I am very grateful to her for making me find out so much about, what I thought, was the humble bluebell (and all for £2.45).

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