Throughout this month I have been snapping away, mostly horses but a few flowers crept in! It is a great month for the appearance of dominant flowers that keep flowering for the whole summer – the fuchsia, foxgloves and yellow irises. These join the buttercups and herb-robert that have been flowering away since May.
The germander speedwells are fantastic – little bursts of blue coming through the bracken at the base of the stone walls (I must do a post one day just on the plants that grow on these walls – they’re amazing ecosystems). The irises took a bit of a battering when they first came out as there was a big storm at the beginning of the month, but new ones have appeared that show their usual perfection. The foxgloves, majestic as they are deadly, worry me a lot. I have nightmares of the horses accidentally eating them, and I’m not sure how much is a bad dose. Must find out some day – it’ll either reassure me or make me go out and dig them all up! They are so great for the bees though – that makes them worthwhile.
The Long-stalked Crane’s-bill is a mystery. I don’t think it should be growing here (though like everything else, I am happy to be corrected) but I’m also fairly sure of the ID. Also the Dog-rose – it doesn’t look like any picture I found, and it is more hairy than I think it should be. However they are variable so maybe I’m right. I’ll have another look next time I go down, so may update that page.