This weekend we spent some time in the wildflower meadow 🌸🌺🌷🌾at High Beeches Garden. The meadow has been there for at least 145 years, most likely longer and it is a natural acid wildflower meadow. The natural 🌷🌾 part is important – it has been growing all by itself for all these years – the only help it has had is being cut once a year, and the hay removed 🌾. Many wildflower meadows you see and hear about now have been purposely planted (rumour has it Prince Charles 👑 carefully cultivates his at Highgrove), but the one at High Beeches grows every year, without any help at all and is really quite magnificent.
I love it most at this time of year, as it is completely covered in ox-eye daisies 🌼 – I always associate June with daisies 🌼 (my birthday is today – hurrah! and June and my birthday mean the daisies are out. But I actually know very little about the rest of the flowers 🌷 and grasses 🌾 that make up the meadow (there are 45 wildflowers and 12 grasses!) so we went on a little wildflower hunt through the meadow, Pip and Barney 🐶 came too.
In between Pip and Barney 🐶digging holes where they weren’t supposed (there was a stern telling off) we found a number of quite delightful flora 🌷🌻. So I know the daisy 🌼 – the ox-eye daisy or leucanthemum vulgare is a larger version of the common daisy, and I can recognise the sunshine yellow of the buttercup 🌻. I also recognised the purple of the clover 🍀 flower once it had been pointed out, and there are many lovely little purply orchids 🌷- dactylorhiza fuchsii .
Other wildflowers we discovered were the knapweed centaurea 🌺(I have looked at these for years and have had no idea what they were) and the same goes for the little yellow, common birdsfoot trefoil lotus corbicula 💐 (I think quite a hard name for a very charming flower).
But the yellow rattle rhianthus minor 🌱 is completely new to me, and so was the common twayblade listers ovata 🌾. There really are all sorts, and it can be very easy to miss them – but we did spot the tiny lesser stichwort 🌸.
I have to say we didn’t even begin on grasses 🌾 (I have some vague grass knowledge from Pony Club – the times when it was raining and we sat inside and learnt about things our ponies were and weren’t allowed to eat) – and grass is for another day.
The meadow is changing all the time and is really very beautiful – do go and see the daisies 😍🌼!
And if you want some more information have a look at High Beeches Garden blog.