Wordless Wednesday – Carpets of Cowslips

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Cowslips have established large colonies that spread across the South Avenue, Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire

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This view shows the context slightly more clearly. It looks north, towards the Hall and was taken from the busy A603 road that bisects the ~2-mile long lime tree avenue.


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11 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – Carpets of Cowslips

  1. shoreacres says:

    I’ve read about cowslips since grade school; I remember them being quite a feature in English poetry. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen photos of them, though, or had any conception of them as a real flower. They’re beautiful.

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, that must have been years in the making. My patch is so tiny in comparison!

    • Well, they do have an active policy of spreading seed from their flower rich meadows into other key areas, but the cowslips obviously love it in the avenue and it certainly is an impressive sight as you drive along!

  3. Cathy says:

    What a glorious sight! Have never seen so many in the UK, but did see a field full of them in Germany once. 😃

  4. Wonderful colorful colony! A much better roadside view than factories and billboards. Is Limetree Avenue just the road’s name or is it lined with lime trees?

    • Thanks Steve. Yes, the trees in the avenue (actually a double avenue) are lime trees. Sadly, they had to remove the original diseased elm trees in the 1970s.

      • We had the same sad experience during the same period in the U.S., losing most of our elm trees to a fungus (known as Dutch Elm Disease) carried by bark beetle larvae. Efforts continue to resurrect our elm population and we have a surviving and fine specimen here in my hometown, Amherst, MA.

  5. Cathy says:

    My goodness, what a wonderful sight, Allison!

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