the Virginia Bluebell … Mertensia virginica

it is that time of year again when the forest floor of Bull Run Regional Park transforms into a blanket of blooms…

our first visit this year was perhaps a week ahead of peak bloom and VERY muddy (we always come prepared with a change of shoes… a little slipping and sliding is so worth it)…

I get excited each year and look forward to walking in the woods with our traveling tea cup along the looped Bluebell Trail…

I will leave you with a just a few photo collages and if you’d like to see more you can click here for past and much more colorful visits

we plan to return for an early morning walk when more blooms are open and the light is softer…

joining everyone at Bleubeard and Elizabeth’s to wish you a Happy T Day…

 

37 responses to “the Virginia Bluebell … Mertensia virginica

  1. Amazing impressions liebe Patty!
    Happy T-Day!
    oxo Susi

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  2. a beautiful and peaceful walk. I’d be most happy to put on a colorful pair of rain boots and walk in the mud for this:) Happy T day!

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  3. Your traveling T cup sure gets around Patty..lol Such pretty pictures and that blue SKY… gorgeous… Thank you so much for taking me with you. Happy T Day Hugs! deb

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  4. What a wonderful place you visited, there’s nothing nicer than bluebells in the woods. Love that you always take the tea cup with you, liebe Patty. Happy T Day! Hugs, Valerie

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  5. Lovely images – spring is such a lovely time of year!

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  6. i remember These bluebells from earlier Posts so well! they are wonderful. and that trout lily does not live in europe. regretfully, because it is such a Beauty!
    happy t-day, dear patty!

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  7. This looks like a beautiful place to visit. We are returning from florida very early May so I should see some late Spring arrivals.

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  8. Hello Patty
    What great pictures and the collage
    I find fascinating – finally spring.
    Sunny week for you.
    Sadie

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  9. Happy day to you, Patty,
    it must be like a dream, walking there, with so many beautiful flowers, starting to open their buds, and say hello to the sun. And maybe even more when ,soon they are all blooming , my dear friend. The bluebells surely loves it there, -such a gift , to be near and watch ! Enjoy your next tour, too.
    Hug , Dorthe

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  10. Those bluebells are such a pretty blue and how wonderful they look covering the forest floor on your Bluebell Trail 🙂 . Lovely to see your travelling tea cup celebrating the arrival of spring, it looks so wonderful in the springtime settings! Happy T Day dear Patty and wishing you a Happy Spring too! J 🙂
    p.s. Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog, you are too kind! J x

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  11. Such beautiful flowers. (And funghi). Your travelling teacup made me smile…
    Happy T-Day,
    Hugs,
    Lisca

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  12. I adore bluebell woods! This looks such a beautiful place to take a walk! Love that shot up through the trees! Hugs, Chrisx

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  13. Terrific post with stunning photographs
    Happy T day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  14. Oh, those bluebells are gorgeous! I’ve never seen them, but they’d be worth braving the muddy trails for 🙂 Happy T Tuesday

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  15. How wonderful to share a spring day and so many beautiful blooms with you!

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  16. Beautiful pictures Patty and I do love your traveling tea cup – I always look for it. You are a charmer!!!!
    sandy xx

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  17. What a wonderful spot to take the tea cup! And to see spring in bloom — Oh, I am so very ready!

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  18. Eileen the Artful Crafter

    What a lovely breath of spring. You certainly know your wildflowers, Patty. I only know they’re very pretty 😉 A walk definitely worth some muddy shoes. The traveling tea cup makes me smile, especially when it’s so out of place as in this striking photo on the log.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  19. I always LOVE it when you visit the bluebells. It’s the only time I’ve ever seen them because they don’t bloom here. In fact, I didn’t know anything about them until you shared photos of them a few years ago.

    I also love it when you take the traveling tea cup on your visits. Gosh, you got LOADS of great shots and the tea cup came away being the star (model) of the show for once.

    Thanks for taking us with you and for showcasing the traveling tea cup for T this Tuesday.

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  20. What a lovely place for a walk. Just beautiful and the impossible blue sky. Your traveling teacup made me smile. thanks for letting me tag along. Happy T Day

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  21. Such a pretty walk. It’s getting colder here after the big storm.

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  22. How lovely the woods are. Thanks for the walk.
    The travelling tea cup certainly has a good time, the luckiest tea cup ever.
    I wonder if you have several of these cups or only one, you must have it very carefully packed if only one.

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  23. Oh I would love to walk in those woods, with all the spring flowers in bloom. It was a lovely post to read and see the wonderful photos and the travelling cup again.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

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  24. What wonderful wild flowers and such a lot. Your photos are great as ever.
    Your lovely tea cup looks like an exotic flower between this scene. It is exotic because this tea cup has seen so much nice places in previous times like no other. I like the idea of this travelling tea cup so much.
    Big Hugs
    Sabine

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  25. Flowers are definitely a ways off here – but at least we’ve had a few days of above zero weather so there’s hope! In the meantime I can admire yours.

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  26. Wow- I love seeing at the signs of spring! Its amazing how far ahead your season is from ours. You will be showing summer when we are just getting spring. Hope all is well. Hugs-Erika

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  27. I so love going for walks in the woods in the Spring. I was extremely excited to find Bluebells this year.. The first I’ve seen them here. But I’ve never spent much time in that part of our woods before because it was so over grown. Looking forward to going back out there this weekend and see what all has developed after all of this rain.

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  28. Such a wonderful walk to have shared with you sweet Patty!
    I’ll bet the woods smell marvelous, all the renewing of nature-yum!
    Glad to see the TTC make it’s appearance! heehee

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  29. Thank you for coming along Sheila. When we were clearing out my mother’s things I kept two tea cups and two saucers from a large dinner set. Thinking tea for two. Then in 2011 when the idea to bring “her” along with us on our travels came to me I was glad we have a spare cup and saucer just in case. We tuck it carefully inside a box that belonged to my sweet mother in law along with some bubble wrap.

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  30. Woodland plants are the best. So shy and demure hiding out in the leafy grounds. That yellow(trillium?) is a stunner though. xox

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  31. Beautiful photos Patty!! I love your traveling tea cup 🙂 Thanks for sharing ~Sophia

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  32. Beautiful photos of a beautiful woodland! This travelling tea cup is outstanding!

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  33. That really must be spectacular to see. I get excited about any blooms anywhere here!

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  34. Wow! This is beautiful – it looks so peaceful, too.

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  35. Another fun outing! And glad you took the tea cup! I do hope you didn’t get too muddy! Thanks for sharing! Love the blooms!

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  36. I wanted to let you know the links are fixed, so you shouldn’t have any trouble clicking on anything on my blog.

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  37. I love the bluebells. I started some here in the dunes..the heavy rains are squishing their faces in the mud as I type but I hope they seed and send out more bluebells. I hope they will hold each other up if I get enough of them going.

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