An Opening

White Water-lily (Nymphaea alba) – Nymphaea is Latin, which comes from a Greek term possibly referring to nymph or nymph-like, of a mythological supernatural spirit of nature, often described as a beautiful maiden associated with water, which would be very befitting for this delicate aquatic plant.

Rasberry

Rubus idaeus – This image just goes to show how you can pass by so much without really noticing things. I discovered Rasberry today, growing wild off a narrow dirt pathway leading but a short few steps to the river. It was almost hidden by brambles and nettles, and shaded under willow, but here we have… Read More Rasberry

Musk Mallow

Malva moschata – We have had some unusally high winds for this time of the year recently, so bad that when I spotted this in a local field I couldn’t photograph it until today. Double-click images for a closer look.

Poppy Love

Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) – Kind of like the old Donny Osmond hit back in the early 70’s (for those of us who can remember – or even want to remember) but poppies and not puppies. I love these – poppies – and as soon as I see that bright scarlet red out amidst the… Read More Poppy Love

Cat’s-ear

Hypochaeris radicata – I guess you was expecting a cat’s ear? Sorry to disappoint … but we have a beautful bright yellow wild flower native to Britain but considered a noxious weed in some areas, especially if it has invaded your quarters. If you wish to learn more about this sunshiny flower and see more… Read More Cat’s-ear

Oxeye Daisy

Leucanthemum vulgare – Strolling along the riverbank you can’t help but notice the beautiful display this daisy gives. Fairly tall and standing above most of the crowd, the large yellow and white flowerheads were alive with bees and beetles, all enjoying the rich nectar bounty on offer. Double-click on images to enlarge. © Peter Hillman… Read More Oxeye Daisy

White Bryony

Bryonia dioica – I spotted the greenish-white blooms of this wild flower as I approached a hedgerow dividing two fields, one of my favourite places to visit. Only a couple of blooms had been teased out by the spring sunshine, but there was plenty of fresh buds, and creeping tendrils were pushing their way through… Read More White Bryony

Rising Up

Viola arvensis – It’s almost euphoric when you are ambling through an expansive field and suddenly spot one of these tiny beauties rising amidst the sea of grasses. Double-click image to enlarge. © Peter Hillman ♦ 22nd April 2020 ♦ Local field, Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

Cuckooflower

Cardamine pratensis – Also called Lady’s-smock. When I first eyed this lovely flower on my allowed ‘once a day’ excercise walk, it took my breath clean away, I was so bedazzled by its beauty. This is a sure sign that spring has arrived. x2 photographs. Double click images to enlarge. © Peter Hillman ♦ 10th… Read More Cuckooflower

Hare’s-foot Clover

Trifolium arvense – This has to be one of my favouries of the clovers. They are so fine and delicate, especially if the light catches the fluffed up flowers just right. Double-click for a closer look. Copyright: Peter HillmanCamera used: Nikon D7200Date taken: 16th July 2019Place: Local field, Staffordshire

Thistle

Not much to say really … apart from these lovely pink thistles were growing all over the local fields at the time and they really caught my eye. I hope they catch yours, too. I thought they might make a change from all the moths … Copyright: Peter HillmanCamera used: Nikon D7200Date taken: 7th July… Read More Thistle

White Campion

Silene latifolia – This is one of my favourite wild flowers, and it is always a pleasure to see on my walks. According to fossil records it was introduced to Britain during the Bronze Age. It flowers between May and October across much of Britain, except the far north and west. Copyright: Peter Hillman Camera… Read More White Campion

Pretty In Pink

When I first spied these little beauties along the seafront, especially as they appeared to glisten in the freshly fallen rain, I thought oh yes, wow! How lovely! The small brightly pink flowers kind of jump out at you. The plant is called Common Restharrow (Ononis repens). Exmouth, Devon. August 2019 © Pete Hillman.

Delicate

It is always a joy to see the Dog Rose Rosa canina on my walks through the local woods. It is a sign that summer is not too far away. Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … June 2019, local woodland margin, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.

Meadowsweet

On a stroll around Derwentwater I saw drifts of this most beautiful flower Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria). It was even growing amongst the rocks on the shoreline. It is a member of the rose family Rosaceae, and it thrives in wet and damp places. It is commonly found in damp meadows and has a very sweet… Read More Meadowsweet

Orchids Are Here

Only in one place near the local river I find this most beautiful Common Spotted-orchid Dactylorhiza fuchsii growing amongst the tall grasses. You can see in the image below why they chose this particular vernacular name for it. Click once to expand view, click again to get that little bit closer June 2018, local field,… Read More Orchids Are Here