The Wildflower Meadow

This weekend we spent some time in the wildflower meadow ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒพat High Beeches Garden. ย The meadow has been there for at least 145 years, most likely longer and it is a natural acid wildflower meadow. ย The natural ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒพ 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 ๐ŸŒพ. ย Many wildflower meadows you see and hear about now have been purposely planted (rumour has it Prince Charles ๐Ÿ‘‘ 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 ๐ŸŒผ – I always associate June with daisies ๐ŸŒผ (my birthday is today – hurrah! and June and my birthday mean the daisies ย are out. ย But I actually know very little about the rest of the flowers ๐ŸŒท and grasses ๐ŸŒพ 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 ๐Ÿถ came too.

In between Pip and Barney ๐Ÿถdigging holes where they weren’t supposed (there was a stern telling off) we found a number of quite delightful flora ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒป. ย So I know the daisy ๐ŸŒผ – the ox-eye daisy or leucanthemum vulgare isย a larger version of the common daisy, and I can recognise the sunshine yellow of the buttercup ๐ŸŒป. ย I also recognised the purple of the clover ๐Ÿ€ flower once it had been pointed out, and there are many lovely little purply orchids ย ๐ŸŒท- dactylorhiza fuchsiiย .

Other wildflowers we discovered were the knapweed centaureaย ๐ŸŒบ(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 trefoilย lotusย corbicula ๐Ÿ’ย (I think quite a hard name for a very charming flower).

But the yellow rattle rhianthus minorย ๐ŸŒฑ is completely new to me, and so was the common twaybladeย listersย ovata ๐ŸŒพ. ย There really are all sorts, and it can be very easy to miss them – but we did spot the tiny lesser stichwort ๐ŸŒธ.

I have to say we didn’t even begin on grasses ๐ŸŒพ (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 ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒผ!

And if you want some more information have a look at High Beeches Garden blog.

Alice xxx

ox-eye daisy, leucanthemum vulgare
common spotted orchid, dactylorhiza fuchsii
Alice – H&M skirt, Bimba y Lola top
canes ludant
knapweed, centaurea
yellow rattle, rhianthus minor
lesser stitchwort
common birds foot trefoil, lotus corbicula
he loves me, he loves me not..
twayblade, listera ovata
knapweed, centaurea and clover


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