Welsh Poppy

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

Opium 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

Field Pansy

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

Tufted Vetch

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

Wood Anemone

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

Meadow Crane’s-bill

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

Common Lungwort

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

Meet The Campions

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

Two Mallows

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.

Primrose

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

Herb Robert

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

Blue Shades

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

Spring Crocus

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

Dandelion

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

Creeping Thistle

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

Marsh Marigold

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.

Foxglove

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

Greater Celandine

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

Common Poppy

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

Yellow Flag

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

Spring Coming Early

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.