We went on a 7 mile bike ride this past Saturday in what we call the BLUEBELL PLACE which is a trail along the Schuylkill River, on the other side of the river from Valley Forge Park. It is MILES of bluebells just outside of Philadelphia. We visited this site just to bathe in the beauty of the place and enjoy one of our very favorite plants, the Mertensia virginica.
There was some decent variation of the species on site, here is a pink variety. We also saw some pale blue specimens. Lesser celandine was the most annoying invasive covering much of the area most likely previously inhabited by Mertensia at this time of the year. We tried to not let this bother us too much as we were here to enjoy a happy spring day.
As you can see here, the trail is very inviting and also very long, which is why we chose bicycling. There are benches all along that one can stop at to enjoy the view.
Here you can see the Lesser Celandine taking over. If local residents and volunteers could adopt a small, doable section and hand pulled these, maybe it could help mitigate the problem. Here is a pale blue variety!