If you have got some time to spare, head into the mountains and in particular into the Blackstairs ,where the heather is blazing right now. First to flower is the Bell Heather; deep amethyst colour scorching across our hills and mountains. Bees love it because the plant produces copious nectar which is of great value to our beekeepers .Sheep love the tender young shoots; mountain birds like Meadow Pipits nest in it, couples love to fling themselves in it! It’s gorgeous ,out now and in the Blackstairs.
Bell Heather, – erica cinerea -is a low straggling, evergreen woody shrubby, glabrous or slightly hairy. It is abundant on dry heaths, upland areas and on our bogs and mountains from sea level to roughly 800 metres.But it won’t be there for long. It will flower for, approximately two weeks. at it’s very ,very best. Then the Ling will follow. It is more lilac in colour and the leaves and flowers are a very different shape. If you are lucky ,you might some white heather. Make a wish and supposedly good luck will follow you. So go on, find some and wish hard.