Bluebells and buttercups



I love bluebells. The small, native bluebells that grow almost everywere in Norway in July, were the soil is lean and dry. Somebody had put roundup, that is plant poison, on the place in my neighborhood were I photographed bluebells last year. It is a public place, so maybe they saw these wildflowers as weed? Anyway I found a lot a bluebells around some abandoned farmhouses nearby, more than ever, since the gras was not removed as usual this time of year. Heaven for me and the bumble bees.




There were also quite a lot of buttercups and other wildflowers. A traditional wildflower meadow, since this soil has not been fertilized for years. I even found some abandoned bushes of redcurrant. The berries were still green, but they will be ripe. This is definitely a place to return too. There can be so much exciting things to explore in our neighborhoods. More photos of Norwegian wildflowers, and of Norwegian farm houses.




62 thoughts on “Bluebells and buttercups

  1. Bente – these are gorgeous photos. We used to have bluebells and buttercups in Minnesota when I was growing up but I haven’t seen any where I live now. And what a fabulous place to photograph them. I love old buildings.


  2. Dear Bente, Your photos are beautiful and wildflowers I love them very much, but Your bluebells are the Campanula cochleariifolia “Blue Baby” in the Netherlands ” Klokjesbloem”, greetings from Ann.


    1. The Campanula cochleariifolia looks very similar to our bluebells, but the one you mention is only grown in gardens in Norway. We have very few Campanulas, in my region only two. And the one in the picture is C. rotundifolia. We call it bluebells (blåklokke). In english the name is Bluebell bellflower, Bluebell-of-Scotland or Harebell. As far as I know. Lovely anyway. Klokjesbloem would probably be klokkeblomst in Norwegian. Thanks, Ann.


  3. Beautiful photos, as always —–though,
    As Ann said, your country seems to call different flower (kind of Campanula) as Blue Bell.
    In England, Blue Bell is a Liliaceae flower. And it seems your Buttercup looks pretty big 🙂
    (Strangely, I don’t remember I ever seen Blue Bell (Liliaceae) in Japan)


    1. You are right, Yoshizen, and I am right. According to: My bluebell is a campagnula, and from googling this one it seems the name in english is Bluebell bellflower, Bluebell-of-Scotland or Harebell. The name bluebell also used for a Liliaceae flower. 🙂 If my buttercup looks big, it is probably only the perspective. 😉 It is not a monster-buttercup, but me crawling in the grass..


      1. dead right…these are just like the Harebell, common across middle and northern England but in Scotland often called Scottish Bluebells (though Scotland also has the traditional Bluebells earlier in the season)…..but what’s in a name they are all beautiful!


  4. I am glad you were able to find another area of bluebells, so that we could enjoy these beautiful photos. How sad that the other bluebell site was probably destroyed by roundup. I am pleased to know that this bluebell is also known as the Bluebell of Scotland. I had heard that name but was not sure which flower went with the name.


  5. How beautiful. I wanted to click more “likes” on this post, but of course, it only allows one. Your bluebells are a different species than ours, more delicate and not drooping downward as ours do. Your last photo, with the shallow almost non-existent depth of field is wonderful to me. And I love the buttercups before the barn!


  6. Wonderful photos. I like those blue bells, too. And what a cool shot with the bumble bee on it. This abandoned farm buildings are awesome, too. Ha en fin fin dag. 🙂


  7. Such sweet and lovely wildflowers. All the more charming for their delicacy. I’m glad that bee caught you. It made for an interesting shot.


    1. I know you are a real plant girl! 🙂 But, the berries are not gooseberries (I have all of these in my garden), but red currant that is not ripe, so they are green. And big, since I am very close with macro equipment. 😉 Thanks for your comment.


  8. Glorious shots, thank you Bente. I often wish bluebells and buttercups could last forever but of course that would spoil the seasonal thrill. Hard to believe someone took the roundup to your neighbourhood patch.


  9. These are fantastic images. I love spring photography … probably some of my favourites, and I love what you’ve captured with macro. I’ve been meaning to do more nature/environment shots, but I just haven’t gottan around to it.


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