Meconopsis cambrica A bright lemon-yellow poppy with four tissue-thin petals. The leaves are a light yellow-green and pinnately divided into five toothed lobes. It has long, ribbed seed capsules that split when ripe, releasing many tiny seeds. It flowers June to August. and is found in damp, semi-shaded positions, such as rocky places, old walls,… Read More Welsh Poppy
Papaver somniferum This beautiful scrunched tissue-like bloom has appeared as of nowhere in my garden but a few times over the years. It is a tall and hairy poppy, with large flower heads of pink to reddish-pink and purple. The leaves are a bluish-green, and shallowly lobed. It flowers June to August, and can be… Read More Opium Poppy
Daisy (Bellis perennis), on grass verge, April 2017.
Viola arvensis This small plant has beautifully delicate white to creamy white flowers with a flush of yellow in the centre and radiating purple streaks. They open up fully only in strong sunshine. The leaves are oblong-shaped and toothed. It flowers May to October, and is found on arable land. A common and widespread species.… Read More Field Pansy
Different perspectives on one of my spring favourites, Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum). March and April, 2017, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2017.
Only one day into April and we have had rain, sun, more rain, more sun, and it has been like this all day long. I managed to get this image of one of my Anemone blanda between April showers. Please click on image for larger, more detailed image.
Vicia cracca Also called ‘Cow Vetch’ or ‘Bird Vetch’, this plant produces an abundance of deep violet-blue flowers on long spikes. The leaves are divided into many pairs (5-12 pairs) of narrow lanceolate leaflets. At the end of the leaf is a tendril which helps to support the plant by clasping onto other, more robust… Read More Tufted Vetch
Anemone nemorosa An early spring flower of delicate white with 6-12 petals. The flowers only open fully in good light, and will follow the direction of the sun’s travel across the skies. The leaves are long-stalked, and deeply lobed. It flowers March to June. The Wood Anemone forms spectacular drifts in deciduous woodland, meadows and… Read More Wood Anemone
Erodium cicutarium The vivid pink flowers of the Common Stork’s Bill have five petals of unequal length. The pinnate leaves have fine-toothed leaflets. The beaks on the fruit are longer than that found on the related crane’s-bills. It flowers April to August, and is found on disturbed, bare ground, grassland, and coastal areas. Widespread and… Read More Common Stork’s-bill
I finally got around to changing my macro lens for my wide-angle. No big deal really, but I so love my macro. Anyway, it has been such a lovely spring day today with wall to wall sunshine, and for the first time this year it has been warm enough to chill (sounds like a contradiction)… Read More Flowering Pond
Geranium pratense This perennial herbacious plant has always been growing in my garden, and attracts many different species of bee. It was here when I moved in 24 years ago, and it still flourishes. It generally has a short flowering season in June, but the violet-blue flowers are beautiful whilst they last. This distinctive crane’s-bill… Read More Meadow Crane’s-bill
The first pond flower of the season has opened up in my garden. One of my favourite water plants, the Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris), which I planted last year, shows off a bright yellow bloom. Hopefully a good nectar source for insects. My pond is only small, as can be seen in the image below,… Read More First Garden Pond Flower Opens
Ranunculus ficaria This just has to be one of my very favourite spring wild flowers. Areas of the my local woods are carpeted in these vivid yellow blooms. Belonging to the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, each flower head has between eight and twelve golden-yellow petals, which close when it rains, then opens in the sun. The… Read More Lesser Celandine
Pulmonaria officinalis This perennial produces one of the first shows of flowers in early spring, and is an important source of early nectar for bees. The bell-shaped flowers form in clumps and have five fine, tissue-like petals. The colours range from pink, violet to blueish. The evergreen leaves are heavily spotted and thought to look… Read More Common Lungwort
I created a small nature pond in my back garden towards the end of April last year, and after a good start, I wondered how it would fair through its first winter. Most of the aquatic plants had died down, and the tiny underwater invertebrates had apparently gone to sleep. The only thing that appeared… Read More Garden Pond – After The First Winter
These hairy, five-petalled perennials can be found in hedgerows, on woodland margins, cultivated ground, roadside verges and waste ground. A native species it is common and widespread, and can be seen flowering from May to August. The Pink Campion above is a hybrid of the White Campion (Silene latifolia) and the Red Campion (Silene dioica),… Read More Meet The Campions
These are beautiful summer flowering plants which can be found growing along roadside verges, in hedgerows and field margins, meadows and other grassy habitats. Summer 2013, nature reserve, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2013.
Primula vulgaris The Primrose is a harbinger of spring with its pale yellow flowers and spoon-shaped basal leaves formed in rosettes. The leaves are evergreen in suitable environments, and are wrinkled with toothed margins. It flowers February to May, or earlier. Found in deciduous woodland, woodland glades, embankments, meadows and roadside verges. Native to Britain,… Read More Primrose
Geranium robertianum The small flowers of Herb Robert have five rounded pink petals, which fade to white towards the centre. They have two reddish stripes along their length and bright orange anthers. The hairy, scented leaves are deeply palmately divided. The hairy fruit bears a very long beak. It flowers May to September, and it… Read More Herb Robert
Anemone blanda This spring flower never fails to delight me when it opens up its petals. Also called ‘Balkan Anemone’, ‘Winter Windflower’, ‘Sapphire Anemone’ or ‘Grecian Windflower’, it has a wonderful array of violet-blue petals surrounding a golden disc centre. It has a rhizome root system, and palmately lobed leaves. It flowers February to April.… Read More Blue Shades
Oenothera glazioviana Also called ‘Redsepal Evening-primrose’, this is our commonest evening-primrose. It is a tall and erect plant, densely covered in long hairs with red bases, and produces large yellow flowers formed of four petals. These flowers open just before sunset, as the name indicates, but they wilt by noon of the next day. It… Read More Large-flowered Evening-primrose
Crocus vernus Also called the ‘Dutch Crocus’ or the ‘Nottingham Crocus’, it is the most commonly cultivated garden crocus which has also become widely naturalised. As a harbinger of spring, it grows from a small corm, and the delicate goblet-shaped flowers which sprout from it are pinkish-purple or lavender with pale stripes, or maybe completely… Read More Spring Crocus
Crocus Gargaricus I came across this very bright yellow crocus growing under a tree on a playing field. It is usually found in damp grassland and open woodland. It originates from NW Turkey, and has spread as a garden or park escape where it has becoem naturalised. March 2012, local park, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman… Read More Yellow Spring Crocus
I love to see the fields covered for as far as the eye can see in these golden yellow flowers. And of course, when they go to seed they also have there own beauty and fascination. These bright yellow Dandelion heads are made up of around two-hundred rayed florets. The stems are hollow, and exude… Read More Dandelion
Cirsium arvense This is a herbaceous perennial plant which forms extensive clonal colonies from an underground root system which sprout numerous erect stems each spring. It is an aggressive plant, and can cover large areas forming large dense colonies. The stems are hairy, but unlike many other thistles, they have no spines or wings. It… Read More Creeping Thistle
For more information on this beuatiful plant please se my previous Red Clover page. July 2011, local field, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2011.
Caltha palustris This water-loving plant produces large, vivid yellow buttercup-like flowers. The large green leaves are heart-shaped with long stalks. It flowers March to June, and is found growing in clumps in damp places, including marshes, bogs, stream margins and pools. Common and widespread. April 2012, local canal, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2012.
Ranunculus sceleratus This is alway a pleasure to see when I walk near the local pond. Also called ‘Cursed Buttercup’, ‘Blister Buttercup’, and ‘Marsh Crowfoot’, amongst other names, this wetland loving annual herb has very small bright yellow flowers. It has distinctive small thimble-shaped fruit and glossy palmately lobed leaves which are hairless. The foliage… Read More Celery-leaved Buttercup
Digitalis purpurea Also called ‘Purple Foxglove’ or Lady’s Glove’, this is a most distinctive plant which can produce up to sixty or more pink to purple tubular flowers on tall spikes. Each flower has a dark ring of spots inside the lower lip which helps attract and guide insects such a bumblebees inside to gather… Read More Foxglove
Chelidonium majus Greater Celandine is an unusual member of the poppy family. The flower head is small, and has four separate petals and long yellow stamen. The leaves are light green and alternate pinnate in form, with rounded lobes. It flowers April to October, and is found in semi-shaded locations, including hedgerows, verges and rocky… Read More Greater Celandine
Papaver rhoeas I adore poppies of all kinds. I don’t know why, but I just have a thing for them, and when I see one across the fields, or a field full of them, I have to make tracks there immediately. Also known as the ‘Corn Poppy’, ‘Field Poppy’ or ‘Flanders Poppy’, amongst other names,… Read More Common Poppy
Iris pseudacorus I adore Irises, and this one has to be one of my very favourites. The vibrant yellow colour of the Yellow Flag makes this plant stand out above many others near the waterside. The leaves are sword-shaped. It flowers June to August, and is found near marshes, on the banks of rivers and… Read More Yellow Flag
Fresh this morning after rain. Please click images for higher quality resolution. January 2017, front garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2017. Camera used Nikon D7200 with Sigma 105mm macro lens.
I have noticed the Snowdrops pushing through the earth and beginning to blossom already in my front garden. They are a beautiful sight to see. January 2017, front garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2017. Camera used Nikon D7200 with Sigma 105mm macro lens.