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!
Perhaps I have cheated a bit for this week’s challenge from Cee Neuner: On the Hunt for Joy– Sit in the sunshine. The anatomy of a butterfly probably does not include what can politely be called a sit-upon! However coloured butterflies always make me feel happy. If they settle for long enough to have their portraits taken I’m even happier. For once I am including more than one photo. They are all butterflies, which are found in summer in Northern England.
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.