A Parade of Wild Flowers

I’ve always loved wildflowers, and this summer has seen an explosion of wildflower planting across the UK, much to my delight, and I’m sure, to the delight of many passers-by.

As the online marketing assistant at Sarah Raven, I am surrounded each day with beautiful photos that everyone sends in to Twitter and Facebook of incredible wildflowers that have been spotted on a verge, or that someone has grown from one of our seed packets inspired by Sarah’s TV programme this Spring. It’s hard not to feel exceedingly happy when I see some of the entries to our ‘Bees, Butterflies and Blooms’ photo competition – nature is a marvellous thing, and it’s incredible what it can do all by itself without us giving it a helping hand.

The above photo was taken on a holiday in Guernsey a few months back – we were walking by the sea and there were all of these incredible flowers of a variety of colours around me. I’ve now taken to do that whenever I’m on a walk and there’s an abundance of flora. It’s lovely to see such prettiness in a little vase on your dinner table at home…

And this wildflower picking can get a little catching – my mother has started doing it too this summer – it brings visitors such joy.

It’s been rather wonderful to notice the changes in the hedgerows too, a variety of colours and shades over the last weeks – I’m blessed to live in the countryside, where the farmer’s appear to have planted (or perhaps they were always there, and I never noticed) the edges of their fields with wildflowers…

My puppy dog, Bruno, enjoys the wildflowers too – although he’d rather eat them, I’m sure… (the purple reminds me of the beautiful Verbena bonariensis, in a shorter, wilder, more compact way!)

It’s good to appreciate the simple beauty of the flowers around us that we don’t have to strive to grow. And whenever I take a holiday, I have a tendency to notice other random varieties growing out of stone walls, on the edge of main roads, or in a field somewhere.

When I was in Gozo this year, I was fascinated by the species of wildflowers that grew there – some looking very ornamental, some huge, some tiny, some bright, some pale. But all very pretty and delicate.

Enjoy the wildflowers… and next year, I might even plant a meadow mix in a guerilla style fashion, to make the landscape around me even more abundant.

Thanks for reading!

5 responses to “A Parade of Wild Flowers

  1. I’ve always loved wildflowers too. I’m lucky to live in a semi-rural area where within a few minutes of leaving my house I am in countryside. I have a special walk which I take regularly and I love to see the changes in the hegerows as the seasons change. There’s a roundabout on one of the roads nearby which is planted up with wildflowers, it looks beautiful at this time of year.

  2. I did a spot of guerrilla style gardening over my fence, straight into land that nobody uses. I also used one raised bed just for wildflowers in my vegetable garden and it’s done really well, although heavy rain has flattened some of the taller varieties.

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