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"I lingered round them, under the benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers, for the sleepers in that quiet earth."

Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

Beginning in ancient times and carried forth (with less general knowledge of such things) to the present, flowers and trees and animals all held meaning to the people whose lives revolved around their appearances, the Scottish Bluebell certainly something extra special. The Bluebell is Scotland’s ‘second’ national flower right next to the thistle for it exhaustive folklore and universal appeal. These tiny translucent bell shaped flowers are responsible for providing shelter to the faeries (to step amongst them is considered bad luck as the bells would silently chime triggering spells) and witches (liquid squeezed from them was an element in a potion allowing transformation to hares – another name for them is thus Harebells). Perhaps the most enchanting lore associated with them is that they form a kind of portal between this world and the otherworld - for the hypnotic effect their beauty can have is legendary, being lost in the bluebell wood and needing to be led out by another. Campanula rotundifolia, the Scottish Bluebell, signifies constancy and everlasting love despite the fact that they have a fleeting (generally less that two week) blooming time. There aren’t adequate words to describe the wonder of seeing the misty cloud of blue-y lavender and green on the floor of an established Scottish forest. The Latin name for this flower is Endymion who was the lover of the moon Goddess, Selene. The goddess put Endymion into an eternal sleep, so she alone could enjoy his beauty.

Bluebells suffer terribly from being trampled upon and to pick them weakens the plants for please still to paths and leave the bluebells alone for others to enjoy. In the United Kingdom the common bluebell is a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Landowners are prohibited from removing bluebells on their land for sale and it is a criminal offence to remove the bulbs of wild bluebells. This legislation was toughened up in 1998 under Schedule 8 of the Act: the trade in common bluebell bulbs or seeds is an offence.

Alison Borthwick's Scottish Bluebells porcelain pieces are exclusively available through Thistle & Broom. Like her Poppies they represents the same astonishing Scottish perfection found throughout the Thistle & Broom collection. Up front, the creamy white porcelain clays used by Alison are imported from south of the border near Stoke-on-Trent (Staffordshire). With all handpainting there will be variations from piece-to-piece, and within the range of blues and purples and greens used for the flowers and swath of green they rest upon. The finished pieces have an incredible creamy translucency and almost hammer proof resilience having been fired at over 1280°C. What a wonderful wedding gift - start the newlyweds out with a couple of place settings and then add to it each year for their anniversary or Christmas presents, or start a collection for yourself.

We're offering five piece place settings as individual pieces to purchase, plus a mug, covered butter and sugar, cheese dome, a lovely Ginger Jar shaped vase, a large teapot, a large creamer, a very large milk jug (also suitable for filling with flowers), and finally a three piece canister set.

8% of the net profit of your purchase of Alison's Scottish Bluebells serve to benefit Scottish Native Woods.