Germander speedwell

Speedwells (Veronica spp.) are pretty, blue-flowered perennials that look attractive in a flower-rich lawn. However, their ability to root quickly, even from small sections, means they can quickly get out of hand in both lawns and borders. Germander speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys) is a stronger growing, coarser species than V. filiformis, flowering March to August. It is native in grassland, open woodland and hedgerows throughout the British Isles. It is usually troublesome in less frequently mown grass but can adapt to, and survive under, close mowing.

Speedwell

The flower is probably smaller than the nail on my little finger. But the macro lens makes it look a lot bigger. I spotted this in my garden on Sunday afternoon.

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17 Comments Add yours

  1. restlessjo says:

    Pretty little thing! How goes it?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Time off for good beahviour! Hoping to get into Penzance today and take some paintings in for framing. Sun is shining and all’s well 🙂

  2. Such a sweet pretty flower 🙂

  3. I like the idea of a flowering lawn. I must investigate.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha… my lawn is mainly flowers! Dandelions and daisies galore 🙂

      1. Ours is mostly clover flowers! The bane of Mr ET’s life.

        1. Heyjude says:

          I seem to be lucky with the clover – there is some across the lane though so I am sure it will find its way onto my land sooner or later!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you DJ 🙂

  4. It’s a very pretty little flower and your photo is wonderful. We don’t have any in our grass – it’s probably too full of clover, dandelions, buttercups and daisies for this little thing to find a spot!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s probably there somewhere! My lawn is the same, but I am contemplating getting rid of it and replacing it with gravel – but then I am forever pulling out weeds from the gravel already down, which is a pain in all sorts of places…

      1. Next time I’m cutting the grass (which is overdue already) I’ll have a close look. The bonus of gravel is that you could put some kind of weedkiller over it at regular intervals. 🙂

  5. rusty duck says:

    I’m pulling it up by the handful. Pretty yes, but you can definitely have too much of a good thing!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not so much in mine, but this year there seems to be tons of Hairy Bittercress!

  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    It’s well worth getting down close to look at these tiny beauties – as long as your knees can handle it!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I tend to bend, not kneel. My knees are not great and getting back up can be a tad tricky!

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