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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A favourite place

This week the photo challenge from the Daily Post is for a favourite place.

A stormy sky at low tide
A stormy sky at low tide

One of my favourite places is a beach. I enjoy walking along it in all seasons. The photo is from a windy day in January. As I have only visited the foreshore at high tide in the last few weeks, I am feeling quite deprived!

Another realm

The challenge from the Daily Post for this week is out of this world. I have tried to take photos of the moon, but they are poor. My camera phone and I have not agreed about zooming in. Failing an extraterrestrial satellite, I have chosen a rather unusual photo taken through a window.

The snowstorm which reached the UK from Tuesday this week, known as #TheBeastFromTheEast, reached us overnight on Tuesday-Wednesday. We have a variety of birds, which visit the garden. The tracks in the snow on a path are intriguing. There are obvious tracks from a cat and from hopping birds. One trailing track joined to bird prints has puzzled hubby and me. Was it a skid before landing? Do birds trail their tails?

Tracks in the snow
Tracks in the snow

It may not be out of this world, but it is certainly out of our world and into the realm of nature.