garden photography: red valerian

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.)

Red Valerian: (Centranthus rubra) is a woody-based perennial, sometimes grown as a biennial, with grey-green leaves and dense clusters of crimson, pink or white, slightly fragrant flowers from late spring to autumn.


Although sometimes grown as a garden plant it is usually found growing on walls, sea-cliffs, rocks and waste land and brownfield sites, especially near the coast. It can be difficult to eradicate as its roots are very long, and although very attractive it can cause substantial damage to walls.

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
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • 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.
  • Please visit the sites in the comments to see what others are posting and thank you all once again for such a pleasurable month of photos from around the world.

This is the last week for wild flowers so please post your contributions soon. I actually think I could have carried this particular theme on for the rest of the year, but next Sunday we move on to June and The Essence of Summer – what does summer mean to you? Keep it within a garden / park environment, but this is your opportunity to share your favourite summer photos. This might be gardens, butterflies, bees, particular flowers, picnics or barbecues, or even children running around in the garden sprinkler or dipping their toes in a favourite fountain. No restriction on the type or style of photo.

39 thoughts on “garden photography: red valerian

  1. If and when Summer gets here I shall do my very best to capture it’s essence and hang onto it, Jude! May was a lovely mixture 🙂 Enjoy your company! Feet up time soon?

    • Fabulous summer day today Jo. Hectic, noisy and a bit sunburned. Helped the granddaughters bake a cake for Granddad’s birthday tomorrow, did some gardening, took kids swimming on the beach, cooked two lots of dinner, drank too much wine, and birthday celebrations tomorrow. Feet up would be nice! (And we have been threatened with another visit in the summer)

    • Both you and Australia appear to becoming much hotter, hardly any winter at all, whilst we just get wetter! So whereabouts in England are you visiting?

      • Yes, this whacky weather – climate change is a big wake-up call. Already seeing the second tropical storm ‘Bonnie’ of the season there in the north Atlantic. Visiting in July and going to be based near Oxford. Have Kew and Wisley gardens on the wish list – perhaps you may have other recommendations, Jude?

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  3. Hi Jude. I hope you had a lovely weekend! We went camping in the New Forest and had wonderful weather…but a few mishaps as usual, including but not limited both tyres of my new bike bursting!!! I laugh now… ha! I am so out of the loop with blogging, I want to get back to sharing nature pics but I am finding it hard doing that while trying to get this book written. And everything inbetween. I hoped to get a wildflower post in but it didn’t happen. So I’m sending you a pic here since I’ve missed the cut off, hope it shows up. I took it when last in Lewes especially for you 🙂 xx

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