Have you ever seen a forest carpeted with blue flowers? The Kluisbos in Kluisbergen, a 30 minute drive from our home in Ghent, has vast patches of bluebells spring up every year.
When they will bloom is a mystery, as it depends on the weather in the early months of the new year. We walked around the forest a few weeks ago, and were just in time to see the bluebells in bloom.
The Kluisbos is in the Flemish Ardennes, the hilly region (that’s right, no mountains in Belgium) where we spent a rather painful cycling weekend in March.
Because it is so close, and because we wanted to see some flower magic, we hopped in our car the first free moment after a friend whose parents live in the neighbourhood told us ‘The time is now!’.
Even though we had a lovely afternoon and managed to take some great pictures, it seems like we missed the height of their bloom, as some flowers were already dying.
To be honest, we were a tad disappointed and had expected a sea of photoshopped blue… But still, we were lucky to discover a few big patches. And the Belgian waffle we had afterwards more than made up for it.
Another Belgian forest that is famous for its bluebells is the Hallerbos in Halle, near Brussels. I think I know where we’re going for a good walk next Spring.