Too many hedgerow flowers to tweet

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.

The lane on a misty day
The lane on a misty day

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.

Twelve photos of wild flowers
Twelve photos of wild flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

The sunny side
The sunny side
The shady side
The shady side
Bluebell
Ground ivy
Ground ivy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common fumitory
Common fumitory
Dandelions
Dandelions

 

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.)

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Nature is prolific

This week’s challenge from the Daily Post is Prolific.

Lesser celandine in profusion
Lesser celandine in profusion

This month the signs of spring have included some prolific wild flowers, sometimes growing in places where they are not welcome. Lawns are usually grass not weeds!

Primroses
Primroses

Roadside plants are another matter – the more variety, the better. (Actually, I think that is also true in the grounds of churches and other ancient sites.)

Beloved plants

The photo I have chosen for the Beloved challenge from the Daily Post is of some cacti. They are the descendants of one given to me by a beloved great-aunt, who died in her eighties, while I was a child. The original plant became too large to keep indoors. Some of its descendants are possibly a similar size now, but have been put outside, where they are surviving our winter temperatures. New plants appear around the base and the ones in the photo have been repotted and (in my view) are ready for a new home.

Agaves and the tip of an Aloe
Agaves and the tip of an Aloe

The species is a variant form of Agave Americana. The variegated leaves in the foreground belong to Aloe variegata, another plant I have had for many years. I have forgotten its provenance.