Bluebell Watch at Ashridge
Our bluebells are out and about much longer than you might think. We'll be updating this page throughout the spring to show you how they grow and develop before their bell-shaped flowers emerge.
Bluebell watch is over for 2019. Check back again in Feb 2020 to see how they're getting on.
All you'll see in Dockey Wood now are dried up stalks and flowers. The bluebells have laid down their seed and will be back next year.
The bluebell seed pods are starting to open. By releasing their seeds, the plants ensure that there'll be more bluebells next year for us all to enjoy.
A sea of blue has made way for a sea of green as the bluebell flowers turn into seed pods.
The bluebells have really died back now, leaving nothing except a few remaining spikes, brambles and bracken.
This year's bluebells have nearly all gone over - we hope you got to enjoy them while they were in bloom. There are plenty of other wildflowers to be found across the estate such as wild garlic, wood anemone and red campion.
The bluebells are starting to fade away around certain parts of the estate, but there are still some lush patches. To get recommendations of the best areas, come along to the visitor centre to chat to our staff and volunteers.
The bluebells are still out at Ashridge but are starting to go past their best. If you're thinking about visiting, we'd recommend coming soon to see them.
Dockey Wood is looking beautiful this weekend.
The woods are a sea of blue after the hot weather. There are bluebells all over the estate, so if you're looking for a walk, please come along to the visitor centre to talk to us. We also know that bluebells are very photogenic, but please stay on the footpaths as trampled bluebells don't look so nice.
The bluebells have grown taller in the good weather. By the end of the month they will be at their best - a carpet of blue.
The bluebells in Dockey Wood are turning bluer. Their colour will get more vibrant as the weeks go on.
Some of the flower stalks are starting to turn blue. This patch of bluebells is quite far along, whereas other areas of the estate are still green. Keep your eyes on blubell watch as we'll update when the bluebells cover the woodland floor into their famous coloured carpet.
A few of the bluebells around the estate are just starting to flower. The cold snap this week may slow their progress, but they should be in full bloom in a few weeks time.
The bluebells are starting to turn blue around some parts of the estate. The first flowers to emerge are usually in areas of high sunlight, so have a look in sunny areas next time you visit.
If you look closely, you can see bluebell flower spikes emerging from the ground. They'll stay in this state for a little while before the iconic blue flowers bloom.
The wet and windy weather hasn't stopped our bluebell shoots from growing. If you seen them around the estate, please don't walk on them. Bluebells don't like to be trampled.
Our bluebells have been growing fast this week, meaning the woodland floor is looking very green.
The warm weather has made our bluebell shoots grow bigger and bigger. We'll have to see if they keep this pace up.
We're seeing more and more patches of bluebells on the woodland floor. Keep you eyes peeled for them when you next visit.
Bluebell shoots are a welcome sign of spring. The greenery you see below isn't grass or daffodils, it's actually the first sign of bluebells on the estate.