June’s wildflowers along Perth Town Lade

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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)

 

wildflowers in a field near Perth Town Lade
The field in early June
wildflowers in a field near Perth Town Lade
The field in late June
oxeye daisies
 One of the many oxeye daisies basking in the sunlight
Mouse Ear Hawkshead
Path of gold: Mouse Ear Hawkshead
White Clover
Carpets of White Clover

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.

 

Great Tit fledgling (Parus major)
What a little cutie!

Along this part of the lade path is a “floral chintz” of yellow, and little hints of blue and white.

 

 Meadow Vetchling
 Meadow Vetchling frothing up between blades of grass
Lesser Trefoil
Lesser Trefoil nestled inbetween the pebbles

 

Nipplewort
Nipplewort reaching out towards the path
Stitchwort
The tiny blooms from Marsh Stitchwort
Veronica (Speedwell)
Veronica (Speedwell) weaving through the grassy banks

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!

 

 Elderberry florets
 Elderberry florets rich in natural yeast

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.

 

white bramble flowers (rubus fruiticosus)
 Bramble
 


and  reaching up to the clouds is the hogweed with its beautiful umbrels of flowers.

 

Hogweed
Hogweed

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.

 

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
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 Red Clover

 

Rosa canina
Rosa canina
Dog Roses of various shades of 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.

 

Betony
Betony
Many more wildflowers are growing along the pathway creating a colourful tapestry of blooms that so many walkby and take no notice of ……….
Woody Nightshade
Woody Nightshade
Ivy leaved Toadflax
Ivy leaved Toadflax
and finally
Tufted Vetch
Tufted Vetch

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.

 

Hypericum hirstum Hairy St John’s Wort

Thankyou Bernie for the hypericum ID – I found a great site on the net for UK Wildflowers – went to the Hypericum section and found the  plant.  I think its Hypericum Hirstum rather than Hypericum Montanum as the plant I found seems to have more clusters of blooms at the top of each stem.  Though it would have beeen great to have found a rarity like Montanum growing in these parts.  Click on both links for hypericum and see if you think I’ve made the right ID.
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Rosie is based in Perth, Perthshire as a garden photographer, writer and nature lover. She enjoys soaking up nature in her own garden and is easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that flutters, flies, buzzes, creeps or crawls! She enjoys sharing the beauty of creation through her photography. Rosie has been featured on TV on BBC2's The Beechgrove Garden and she uses the Scottish outdoors as her natural light studio. Her work can be seen at the only photographic gallery in Scotland - Close Gallery, 4b Howe Street, Edinburgh.

16 Responses

  1. debsgarden

    I would love to walk along the path and observe all these wonderful wildflowers! My dream would be to have a meadow like that!

  2. Bernie

    I always enjoy your wildflower photos … they're just beautiful. How lovely to be able to wander around and see patches of these flowers. That little Marsh Stitchwort caught my eye … such a lovely thing!

    That last photo looks rather like Hypericum perforatum with its black dots … could it be a St. John's Wort?

  3. Edith Hope

    Dear Rosie, I love the title 'Floral Chintz' which you have given to this delightful posting which takes your readers with you alongside the Lade. So much to see, all totally natural, and all so very pretty. I have found this utterly enchanting. Sadly, within the UK I think that there are fewer and fewer opportinities for walks of this kind. How lucky you are to have it close by and how generous of you to share it with us all.

  4. Heather

    You've really captured the beauty of the native plants and wildflowers – thanks for the tour!

  5. Melanie

    What a beautiful place Rosie. I would love to be there but your pictures do an awesome job of conveying the beautiful wildflower tapestry. Thanks for showing it too us.

  6. Maia

    And I thought, I have posted too many photos on my post.
    Your wildflowers are so beautiful and so many, it takes very much time to ID them all.
    After all not the name but their beauty is what we admire.
    Beautiful post Rosie.

  7. Floridagirl

    Oh, Rosie, you are so lucky to have such a wildflower path to walk! So many beauties! And that Great Tit is a cutie.

  8. Cyndy

    Hi Rosie, Your captures of everything planted by nature where you live are beautiful! You found an amazing variety of interesting bloomers.

  9. Curbstone Valley Farm

    Gorgeous wildflowers Rosie! I can only hope to have such a wonderful succession of blooms on our orchard floor. I love how the rape gave way to the natives, that they still managed to push through. That fledgling was adorable. I remember my parents cursing the Blue Tits when I was a child…they'd perch on the milk bottles on the front step in the morning, break through the foil, and steal the cream! The Nipplewort I noticed reminds me of our native coast tarweed plants…now I'm curious to see if they may be related.

  10. camissonia

    Such gorgeous wildflowers, Rosie! The Hedge Roundwort looks so similar to our Coast Hedge Nettle (Stachys chamissonis). I can only imagine wandering through a field and discovering all of these lovelies!

  11. Crafty Green Poet

    what a lovely post, I love meadow wildflowers and your photos are stunning.

    Must check this place out when I'm next in Perth!

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