I have added to the botanical flower collection on Pictureboxblue with this beautiful collection of bluebell illustrations and prints.
There is nothing more calming and beautiful this time of year than to walk through a wood carpeted with bluebell flowers. These beautiful tiny flowers grow in ancient woodland.
They are found in their greatest densities in the UK’s woods where many thousands of bulbs can exist in one woodland. Over half the world’s populations of wild bluebells grow in the UK.
They are even protected under the law in the UK, you can be fined £5000 for trading a single bluebell bulb.
Before, sharing the beautiful bluebell illustrations, I’ll tell you a little bit about the popular wildflower. Bluebells are known by many names, common bluebells, English bluebells, wood bluebells, fairy flowers and wild hyacinth.
Bluebells are sweet-smelling bell-shaped flowers, deep violet-blue in color, they have six petals with up-turned tips which droop to one side of the stem. The flower spends the majority of its time underground as bulbs, emerging as flowers from April onwards.
Bluebells have been voted by the charity Plantlife as Englands favourite wild flower.
In folklore, it is believed that bluebells ring at daybreak to summon the fairies to the woods. The flower is believed to have magical properties. If you manage to turn a bluebell inside-out without tearing it, you will win the one you love. Also, if you wear a wreath of bluebells you will only be able to speak the truth.
In the language of flowers, the bluebell is a symbol of humility, constancy, gratitude, and everlasting love.
A Poem About The Bluebell
Emily Bronte famously known as the author of Wuthering Heights wrote a whole poem dedicated to the bluebell.
Blue Bell, The by Emily Bronte
The bluebell is the sweetest flower
That waves in summer air;
Its blossoms have the mightiest power
To soothe my spirit’s care.
There is a spell in purple heath
Too wildly, sadly dear;
The violet has a fragrant breath
But fragrance will not cheer.
The trees are bare, the sun is cold;
And seldom, seldom seen;
The heavens have lost their zone of gold
The earth its robe of green;
And ice upon the glancing stream
Has cast its sombre shade
And distant hills and valleys seem
In frozen mist arrayed –
The bluebell cannot charm me now
The heath has lost its bloom,
The violets in the glen below
They yield no sweet perfume.
But though I mourn the heather-bell
‘Tis better far, away;
I know how fast my tears would swell
To see it smile today;
And that wood flower that hides so shy
Beneath the mossy stone
Its balmy scent and dewy eye:
‘Tis not for them I moan.
It is the slight and stately stem,
The blossom’s silvery blue,
The buds hid like a sapphire gem
In sheaths of emerald hue.
‘Tis these that breathe upon my heart
A calm and softening spell
That if it makes the tear-drop start
Has power to soothe as well.
For these I weep, so long divided
Through winter’s dreary day,
In longing weep–but most when guided
On withered banks to stray.
If chilly then the light should fall
Adown the dreary sky
And gild the dank and darkened wall
With transient brilliancy,
How do I yearn, how do I pine
For the time of flowers to come,
And turn me from that fading shine
To mourn the fields of home –
The Free Bluebell Illustrations And Prints
To download the bluebell illustration that you want, just click on the title above the image. A higher resolution image will open in a new window in your browser.
Right click on that image with your mouse and you will have the option to save it to your device.
1. 1836 Bluebell
This beautiful bluebell illustration is from the book “Flora and Thalia; or, Gems of flowers and poetry being an alphabetical arrangement of flowers, with appropriate poetical illustrations, embellished with colored plates. By a lady. To which is added, a botanical description of the various parts of a flower, and the dial of flowers“.
2. Jacinthe Des Bois
The French on this bluebell illustration translates as “Wood and hedges. – Blooms from April to June. Bluebell.”
This beautiful print is from the 1895 book “Atlas de poche des plantes des champs, des prairies et des bois : a l’usage des promeneurs et des excursionnistes“. This title translates as, “Pocket atlas of field, meadow and woodland plants: for walkers and day-trippers.“
3. Virginia Bluebells
These bluebells are native to eastern North America. This print is from the book “Wild plants needing protection” by Elizabeth Britton 1912.
4. Petite campanulle
Petite campanulle translates from French into English, as small bell tower, which is an appropriate description.
The print is from a book about flowers that grow around Paris, “Flora Parisiensis“.
5. Flowers of Woods and Copse
The bluebell illustration is one of many woodland flowers on this print. It is from the book “A new British flora: British wildflowers in their natural haunts” 1919.
6. Bluebell illustration with Insects
This bluebell is from a British Entemology book, hence the insect drawings.
You can find many more insect art drawings with flowers here.
7. British Wild Flowers
British wild flowers by Thomas Moore (1867).
8. Bluebell Watercolors
Watercolor bluebell illustration from “Les Fleurs de Printemps“, Paul Lechevalier 1929.
9. Wild Hyacinth
Wild Hyacinth aka bluebell from “Wayside and Woodland Blossoms” (1895, Woodfall & Kinder)
10. Wild Hyacinth Watercolor
Wild hyacinth (bluebell) watercolor by Anne Pratt from the book “Wild Flowers” 1857.
If you want to check out more woodland flowers, then you’ll love these Lily of Valley illustrations (the Queen’s favourite bloom).
I hope you enjoyed these lovely bluebell illustrations. Don’t forget to check out the other vintage flower pictures on the site. These include many other spring flowers such as daffodils, tulips, and poppies.
For other wildflowers, check out the beautiful botanical posters of Adolphe Millot.
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Saturday 27th of March 2021
I love florals, and these are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!
Sunday 28th of March 2021
Thank you, glad you enjoyed them.