Virginia bluebells are erect, clump-forming perennials growing 1-2’ tall with elegant, smooth gray-green foliage. In early spring they feature tight purplish-green buds. In a week or two, medium, green stems carrying clusters of pinkish-blue, flower buds appear. When the buds finally open an orchestra of trumpet-shaped, sky-blue flowers emerge awakening the woodland. As the flower ages its coloring deepens, putting forth a lovely display of pink and blue at various stages of growth. In early summer, after blooming, the foliage turns yellow, dies to the ground and the plant goes dormant.
A visit to Duke Island Park off Old York Road in Bridgewater or Leonard J. Buck Garden at 11 Layton Road in far Hills, New Jersey will be a treat for the entire family.
For information on the Somerset County Park Commission Leonard J. Buck Garden call 908 234-2677 or log on to www.somersetcountyparks.org.