The Wildflower Meadow

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.

Alice xxx

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

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Pip laetus est

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