Flowers on Friday

I just managed to go up the hill to see the last of the foxgloves this week in between all the rain we have been having. I was surprised to also see signs of the Bell Heather in flower which seems a little premature to me. Maybe this cold spell is tricking the wild flowers into thinking that autumn is on its way. It certainly seems like it!

Folklore: Originally the plant was referred to as folksglove, which was a reference to fairies because of the plants grow in woodland. The ‘glove’ part of their name was simply due to the flowers looking like glove fingers.

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. So so beautiful! Have a great weekend!

  2. I particularly like the photo of boulders (surprised???) but the collage is also a delight. I’m busy enjoying solstice in Warsaw. Summer begins.

    1. Sue says:

      Like you, Meg, I love the foxgloves with boulders, and the collage….

  3. Sue says:

    Love the show of purple,Jude! And the wilderness

  4. Beautiful purples. Amazingly, we seem to be having better weather in the north than the south and have escaped most of the rain. So far.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think the south-east and the midlands have had the worst of the weather. We have had showers but also sunshine, today was fabulous!

  5. The foxgloves are beautiful. What on earth is the heather thinking of?? 😀

  6. Su Leslie says:

    Gorgeous colour. Hope the weather improves soon.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Glorious today and we haven’t had it anywhere near as bad as other parts of the UK. For a change!

      1. Su Leslie says:

        😀 hope it lasts

  7. BeckyB says:

    Love foxgloves 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are rather lovely, I like the white ones and the pale apricot ones too.

      1. BeckyB says:

        Have some fabulous whites this year, I’m a happy lady 😊

  8. How pretty and to see them growing wild is wonderful. I’ve only ever seen them in gardens. Thank you for this beautiful treat on a grey winter’s day, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Since moving here I have really begun to appreciate wild flowers in their natural environment. The cow parsley, the buttercups, bluebells, foxgloves, violets and anemones. Next will be the wild honeysuckle and the heathers. Always something. And when you come across a wild orchid it is sheer delight! I sometimes think I don’t need a cultivated garden.

      1. I was so excited the first time I saw a buttercup! We don’t have them here.

        1. Heyjude says:

          They are lovely, but oh, so invasive! The creeping buttercup is a devil to remove from the lawn and borders.

  9. restlessjo says:

    I think you’re probably right, Jude. Where on earth do the seasons go from here? Up in the north east it’s been dire. I daren’t post any more sunny days on Instagram! 🙂 🙂 Enjoy your ‘last day’ tomorrow and I hope all goes well.

    1. Heyjude says:

      We haven’t had it as bad down here for a change though we did get sea fog today, but I still managed to get the washing dried outside! A arrived this evening. Lunch out tomorrow and then an early night. I have to get him to the hospital for 7:30 am so I am going to have to be up well before I am used to!

  10. susurrus says:

    Your gallery gives a really good flavour of seeing the plant growing wild – they are like little beacons when they catch the sunlight and have a more soulful character close up, in shade.

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