Category Archives: Wildflowers

Winter sunshine

“The sun has got his hat on Hip – hip – hip – hoo – ray!” in the words of the Noel Gay song from Me and My Girl. After days of overcast gloominess where we were putting the lights on a 2.00 o’clock in the afternoon a sunny day raises the spirits. In my garden the first of the spring bulbs are beginning to show. At the local lakes the leafless trees look magnificent in the winter sunshine.

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The season of mellow fruitfulness

As summer draws to a close and we head into autumn the local hedgerows are filled with wild fruits. I took my camera on a walk through the local meadows and found rose hips, blackberries, wild blueberries and a fairy ring of toadstools. These pictures were taken on 31 August 2010.

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Can you name these wildflowers?

In my earlier posts about my wildflower meadow walk I posted my pictures of buttercups, daisies, dandelion clocks and the may tree. I took pictures of other plants that I don’t know the names of. If you recognise any of them perhaps you could help me out by telling me in a comment to this post.

Picture 1. A drift of tiny blue flowers.

Picture 2. A closer view of the tiny blue flowers.

Picture 3. As kids we used to call this milk maids knee.

Picture 4. Tiny blue flowers on a nettle.

A wildflower meadow walk – may blossom

The Hawthorn, otherwise known as the May Tree, is the subject of today’s photographs. This is a continuation of my Sunday walk in the local wildflower meadows. The may blossom was at its peak of perfection and with the clear blue sky it was a photographers dream come true.

I did a search for information on may blossom and found the following:

May blossom appears on the tree at the beginning of May in the south of England, at the time of the Beltane or May Day celebrations, when people and houses were decked with may blossoms (“bringing home the May”). The popular rhyme “Here we go gathering nuts in May” is thought to have been sung by the young men, gathering not “nuts” (which do not grow in May) but “knots” of may blossoms for the May Day Celebrations. These celebrations included a May Queen, representing the Goddess, and a Green May, representing the God and the spirit of the new vegetation. It was known as the “Merry Month” and folk went about “wearing the green”, decking themselves in greenery and may blossom. Everywhere, everything is bursting with life and fertility at this time, and Beltane is a celebration of this potential. The cutting of the may blossom had great significance and symbolised the beginning of new life and the onset of the growing season.

The Hawthorn or May Tree.

The Hawthorn or May Tree.

The may blossom.

A wildflower meadow walk – dandelion clocks

This is part two of my wildflower meadow walk. Yesterday I posted my buttercup and daisy pictures, today it is dandelion clocks. It is said that you can tell the time by blowing on the clocks. The number of puffs it takes to remove all of the seed pods is the time of day.  It is unlikely to be accurate but it keeps children amused trying.

Dandelion clocks.

Dandelion clock

Dandelion snow - there were drifts of dandelion seeds in the headgerows and from a distance it looked just like snow.