Friday, 29 June 2012
"Flowers in the Rain"
One afternoon earlier this week I had to go into Knowle and I decided to make a detour on the way home and check out the wildflowers in St. Giles churchyard, Packwood.
It had been raining steadily for some time but I was really lucky when I arrived as it more or less stopped raining for the half hour or so I was there.
Most of the churchyard has been left unmown and is covered in wild grasses and wildflowers.
There were a lot of Fox and Cubs flowers around - I love the tawny colour of these flowers
Buttercups, Fox and Cubs and Hawkbit sp.
The tiny pretty flowers of Herb Robert
Herb Robert is also known as "bird's eye" or "poor Robin". Apparently in Somerset children are told "If 'ee pick 'n someone 'll take 'ee".
Bird's Foot Trefoil? (Eggs and Bacon)
Grasses, Vetch, Fox and Cubs and Hawkbit
I love the way plants will establish themselves in nooks and crannies - here in a tree stump
More photos of the wonderful wildlife habitat this churchyard provides
The churchyard is slightly more "manicured" at the entrance to the porch in the area where newer graves are located.
Speedwell is still flowering
Near the church porch I found a cultivated rose bush intertwined with dog roses
Lady's Mantle has become naturalised in the churchyard - I assume it has spread from grave plantings or wreaths.
This plant is named after the Virgin Mary. During the Middle Ages alchemists collected dew from its leaves to aid in unsuccessful attempts to build a Philosopher's Stone which it was believed would turn base metals into gold and silver
I'm not 100% sure about some of the species above i.e. bird's foot trefoil and hawkbit so if my id's are wrong please let me know!
I did my keep my eye open for Spotted Flycatchers but didn't see any today although I understand they have nested nearby in the past.
"Discovering the Folklore of Plants", a Shire Classic, by Margaret Baker