garden photography: not so sweet violets

It’s May already and here in the northern hemisphere spring is all around us which should mean a lot of wild flowers. Of course the challenge isn’t confined to the northern hemisphere, I am sure there are plenty of wild flowers / natives in the southern hemisphere too. It’s not confined to flowers that bloom in May either so look in those archives. No restrictions on how to present your flowers this month. You can use macro / close-ups, monochrome, flowers with insects or whole landscapes. And remember it can be a single image or a gallery or an entire post about wild flowers such as one I wrote about Rye Harbour.

In May I’m looking for Wild flowers

(This month I want to see native wild flowers found in the hedgerows, woodlands, farmland, meadows, by the coast, up a mountain, on the heath and even in your own garden. Basically those plants that haven’t been planted, but occur naturally, although specifically planted wild flower meadows can be included. Wild flowers provide food for humans and wildlife and are usually hardy, resilient and well adapted to the climate and soils, and yes sadly often referred to as weeds.)

Common Dog-violet; this common and widespread plant lives happily in many different habitats including woodland, grassland, heaths, hedgerows and old pasture. It flowers from April to June but its flowers are not scented, unlike those of its cousin, the Sweet Violet.


Walking along parts of the south-west coastal path at this time of year provides plenty of colour along with the sea view. These pretty violets are in full bloom at the moment.

If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it MayWild Flowers
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  • Add the tag “GardenChallenge” so everyone can find the posts easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in June.
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Published by Heyjude

I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

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