For some time I have been aware of the hashtag #wildflowerhour, which refers to an hour on Sunday evening 20:00-21:00 London time. There is often a theme. Last Sunday (6th May) it was #hedgerowchallenge.
A lane within easy walking distance of home has hedges on both sides. One side is sunnier than the other. Along that lane I took 35 photos using my phone camera as always. About three were duplicates, either to improve the photo or because I found a better example of the plant. My patient hubby accompanied me and pointed out some insects lurking in the undergrowth. Can you spot the ladybird (ladybug)?
Four of my photos have already appeared on Twitter. They show purple dead nettle, germander speedwell, vetch with a bumble bee and white dead nettle. Both sorts of dead nettle appear in my composite photo, although the white dead nettle is a different plant.
I have learned some more accurate names from other people’s tweets. Where I’d have known vetch, I now know bush vetch, for example.
My twelve photos show (from top to bottom and left to right) white dead nettle, hogweed, gorse at the top of the bank with brambles below, bugle on a verge, bugle under a hedge, violets and lesser celandine, two snaps of common scurvy grass (I think), hawthorn in bud, purple dead nettle, a flowering grass and cow parsley(?) with nettles, ferns and cleavers. The common scurvy grass was about two fields away from the foreshore, where it is flourishing.
I only found one fumitory flower. The local dandelions are interesting. I remember being told that there were two varieties, which could be distinguished by the colour of their roots. One has white roots, the other red. The expert was a retired clergyman (no longer with us), who particularly enjoyed walking this lane even in his later years with failing sight.
I also took photos of herb Robert, buttercups, red campion (which looks pink to me!) and another flowering grass.
This year the flowers are later due to the very cold weather during March and April. (In case you missed it, the ladybird is near the ground ivy.)