A ramble along the river track will reward the observant with a first view of the early Bluebells growing along the high bank - they are still emerging,slowly but surely.'An Cloigin Gorm' an t-ainm ata uirthi sa Ghaeilge.
Look but please don't pick and so leave for others to see and marvel at.
The Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of Britain and Northern Europe has this to say:-
Few botanical sights equal the beauty of the thick carpet of Bluebells that cover the floor of Spring woodland.Nowhere else in the world is this spectacle repeated,for Bluebells are native only to north-western Europe'.
The book,'Irish Wild Plants' by Niall Mac Coitir is a mine of information and mentions that the tradition of bringing Bluebells indoors was considered unlucky in some places while the name features in place names in
Cluain Bu/Meadow of Bluebells with Cuilbooa/Nook of Bluebells in County Waterford.
He also describes herbal and practical uses of the plant noting that the gummy sap of the bulbs was used as a substitute for starch;used as a glue for bookbinding and for setting the tail-feathers on arrows.
Bluebell was little used in folk medicine.However,it has been boiled for throat ailments in County Cavan,and applied to whitlows in Monaghan,while in Donegal the juice was drunk as a cure for coughs!
A story from Glenties in Donegal has Fionn and his men put asleep with a mixture of Bluebell and Tormentil by Grainne before she and Diarmaid eloped.Now there's a thought!
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