Wordless Wednesday

calendulaglobezinn9

Advertisements

May/June wildflowers

There is an abundance of wildflowers at the moment as we are approaching the summer solstice. I have been enjoying posts of fellow bloggers showing the wildflowers from different places around the world. Today I have ventured out again and made an exciting discovery of Himalayan balsam, which is a completely new plant to me. It is an invasive species and can be found along river banks just like this one. It typically grows up to 1-2 meters and has beautiful pink flowers which captivated me.Indbalsam

Indbalsam3
Himalayan balsam 

I have not written the wildflowers post in May as I was away at the end of the month so here are the highlights of what has been blooming in the recent two months.

IMG_3150
Cow parsley
oxeye1
Ox-eye daisy
brmble
Bramble
lesserst
Lesser stitchwort
ribworttop
Ribwort plantain
hedge
Hedge binweed
dogrose
Field rose
whitec
Hoary cress
may
Scented mayweed
wclover
White clover
whcamp
Bladder campion
wcarrot
Wild carrot
IMG_4213
Hogweed
rag
Ragwort
bcup
Hairy buttercup
bcup1
Creeping buttercup
cinq
Creeping cinquefoil
may7
Black medick
mallow
Common mallow
may5
Cut-leaved cranesbill
IMG_4214
Meadow cranesbill
mbrown
Knapweed
toad
Purple toadflax
nightshade
Bittersweet
skipper
Field scabious
purpnet
Black horehound
wound
Hedgewound
figwort1
Figwort
vetch1
Common vetch
redclover
Red clover
germ
Germander speedwell
IMG_6725
Viper’s bugloss

Sadly, I did not have any good photos of poppies and cornflowers which to my are the real summer star flowers. The thistles and burdocks are coming into bloom now and I am looking forward to another month and more wildflower findings.

Mum’s flowers

I have gone for a week home and spent most of my free time in my parents garden. I managed to do some weeding which I used to hate a lot when growing up. Helping out in the garden and then making all sorts of pickles and jams took some part of my adolescent years. I wouldn’t say I liked it back then. We grew most of our fruit and veg and used to make a burrow in the ground to store the root vegetables over the winter. My parents still grow quite a lot but it is flowers I am most drawn to. As I child I would disappear in the patch of the garden peas which were my favourites to eat and now I will wander around flowers for most of the time to look at their shapes and colours.