At this time of year the local meadows are positively bursting with colourful early summer flowers. Last Monday I collected bright, glossy salsify, goats beard, cow parsley and field buttercups for a vase, which didn’t quite make it to a post:
They looked great at first, but were ultimately frustrating, because Salsify closes itself up tightly by midday and cow parsley drops its tiny spent flowers in droves that made it look like I’d been throwing salt around the table every five minutes. Ah well, lesson learnt!
This week’s wild flowers are better behaved, thank goodness:
We have a Foxglove that I managed to accidentally snap off whilst weeding:
I do like the way that the colour and freckles change down the spike, as the flowers mature.
We’ve got oodles of Ox-eyed daisies growing in our own meadow patch. They are fresh-faced and so cheerful:
And finally there are beautiful blue Nigella flowers, which have their own fizz and energy.
OK, Nigella is not strictly ‘wild’, but it does seed itself around everywhere, especially in our gravel driveway … so is game for a little culling. The flowers have strangely complex parts, but somehow, overall, feel like stick drawings.
The problem with this bunch of flowers is that they are so attractive to insects. With the back door open all afternoon I’ve had to keep chasing out bumblebees!
I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for her popular In-a-Vase-on-Monday meme. I admit to feeling a bit cheapskate sharing bunches of wild flowers, but if you check out Cathy’s post you find the whole gamut of pretty and glamorous blooms and arrangements.