If you walked along Perth Lade in the month of June your eyes would meet a wonderful array of wildflowers. Fields that once were all golden with the flowers of the oil seed rape have now turned to seed and now little stitches of colourful field poppies, forgetmenots, violas, oxeye daisies and geraniums weave their way through the rape plants.
The little path that runs between the field and the lade is edged with clumps of oxeye daisies and mouse ear hawkweed. The bumble bees hum away to themselves nectaring on the rich carpet of white clover and the little pulsing sound of a grasshopper can be heard somewhere between the blades of grass. (Click the photos as you scroll down to enlarge)
Further along the path there is a distinct sound of little fledglings calling out to their parents. This little Great Tit fledgling (Parus major) didn’t look too happy did he! He couldn’t fly very far but rather hopped about from path to fence to branch.
Along this part of the lade path is a “floral chintz” of yellow, and little hints of blue and white.
Above my head are bushes full of Elderflowers. I’m taking note of their location as I am thinking about making some elderberry champagne or cordial in the next week or so. There’s enough elderberry around here to make gallons of it!
More white threads its way for yards along the lade paths from the white bramble flowers (rubus fruiticosus) which in a few months will be laden with summer fruits. I never take the fruits off the bushes as the wildlife here depend on those fruits. I call them leapfrog plants as one long stem touching the ground will root in no time.
and reaching up to the clouds is the hogweed with its beautiful umbrels of flowers.
Further along the little path takes on a “pink gingham” look with the Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) and Dog Roses (Rosa Canina) blushing as I walk past, their blooms varying from white to dark pink.
Then as I walk along the path that edges a meadow where the little goldfinches dart about each day I find a little clump of Hedge Woundwort growing amongst the nettles.
Anyone know this wildflower?
I still have one bloom I’m trying without success to identify. I’ve searched the wildflowers of UK encyclopedia and still can’t see it though it may be a subspecies that doesn’t have a photograph in the book. If anyone would like to offer me suggestions as to what it could be I would be most grateful. It certainly has distinctive markings on its buds.