Category Archives: Wild Flowers

An early morning walk in the South Downs National Park

We were rewarded with the sight of plenty of wild flowers still livening up the landscape of these beautiful chalky hills this morning…

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Wild Lilies… as promised

Wild and beautiful

No not me!
I am talking about the Martagon Lily. Flowering now, it can grow to 4 feet tall and have as many as 50 Turk’s cap flowers on each stem. They are various hues of white pink and mauve, some have spotted petals some without and they have a gentle sweet scent. They even enjoy growing in shady conditions aswell as full sun. I have picked 2 stems to photograph and press but they certainly look great naturalised in the grass under the trees.
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4 O’Clock, time to go home

It has felt like a long hard week, very enjoyable and with sensory overload …but I’m so glad to get back to the city.
Just before we left work today I took some photos of plants I have enjoyed, including the humble nettle, that has stung me on more than one occasion this week but – I still love it.

Daisy Daisy

Daisy Daisy

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Buttercup

Buttercup

Nettle

Nettle

Are your Bluebells delicate English or Spanish thugs?

 

 

The Spanish bluebells are often found growing in our gardens and the English  variety, the native bluebell, on common land, verges and mainly in

English bluebells

English bluebells

woodland.

There are very noticeable differences.

1. The colour and size of the bells. The English flowers are generally a darker hue, smaller and more refined, with curlier tips.

2. The stems of the English bluebell are thinner allowing the top few bells to gently arch over.

3. The strap like leaves are much narrower and less numerous on the  English variety.

4. The white fleshy bulbs of the Spanish bluebells can be perfect balls the size of a large pickled onion or oddly shaped like a spring onion or a mini  butternut squash. The Enlish bluebell bulbs are more the size of silverskin onions.

5. Finally the beautiful and distinctive scent of the English bluebell.

The Spanish ones don’t smell.

(You may well come across hybrids that are just there to confuse you!)

Of course we all know which one we like best!

Of course we all know which one we like best!

We love wild flowers

Cardamine pratensis.  It is here in abundance this spring. Have you got it near you?

Cardamine pratensis. It is here in abundance this spring. Have you got it near you?

 

Also known as Lady’s smock and Cuckoo flower – look out for it with it’s head above the rest