As I have only this week begun to feel more like my usual self after a viral infection, I have not been much help at cheering other people up.
My friend, who lives nearby, is very good at cheering people up. When I had been out of circulation for a little while, she arrived with a bunch of daffodils in bud. We have put them where they will not make me sneeze and have enjoyed watching them open more slowly than they would have done in the living room.
I hope that by sharing photos of their development I can cheer someone else up!
The #wildflowerhour community on Twitter shared a challenge to Tweet about the best botanical day out in 2019. I am not alone in choosing more than one day. I have already blogged about days out around Crummock Water and Ennerdale. However my wildflower photos mostly appeared as Tweets rather than on this blog. This last post for 2019 includes some of the flowers I found on these two walks.
Here are lists (possibly incomplete!) of flowers I found at Crummock Water and at Ennerdale. Not all the flowers on the lists appear in the collages below.
Crummock Water: ground elder, soft rush, common hawkweed, yellow pimpernel, bramble, rose, cinquefoil, cow wheat, cat’s-ear, dyer’s greenweed, sheep sorrel, eyebright, cottongrass, ragged Robin, common spotted orchid, red clover, haresfoot clover, marsh cinquefoil, valerian, thistle, heath spotted orchid, bog asphodel, lesser spearwort, heath rush, groundsel (possibly sticky) and purple loosestrife.
Ennerdale: Milkwort, Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Slender St. John’s Wort , Cinquefoil, Welsh poppy, red clover, white clover, cat’s ear, common spotted orchids (pink ones and white ones), great willowherb, rosebay willowherb, self heal, dock and (insectivorous) sundew, heather, enchanter’s nightshade, nipplewort, marsh woundwort, betony and white stonecrop.
Thanks to Richard Bate, Moira O’Donnell, Roger Robinson, Gus Routledge, Wendy Seaton, Joshua Styles and The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) for help with the identification of some of these, which were new to me and others I was unsure about.
Whitehaven is a Georgian town on the Cumbrian coast. Long ago it was the most important port for ships bound for America (ahead of Liverpool). This year the parks department has excelled itself, keeping St Nicholas Gardens looking colourful as well as filling every public space with begonias in containers.
One day I went looking for autumn colour in Trinity Gardens. Occasionally I stop to take photos in passing. The curled-up swans stopped me in my tracks.