A summertime meadow near my uncle’s farm.

One of the very nicest things about England is all the flowers.  The gardens (sometimes it feels as if everyone here is a gardener) and the meadows and hedgerows are filled with flowers.

I’ve noticed that there are fewer wildflowers than when I spent my summers here as a child. Probably part of the reason is the increased use of fertilizers by farmers for their crops of wheat, barley, potatoes, and hay/silage.

Another reason for the decline of wildflowers might be due to the profusion of nettles, goose grass (also called cleaver), and other invasive plants that smother anything in its path. I’ve been taking photos of wildflowers in the spring and summer, and here they are.

Please let me know if you know the name of a flower I haven’t been able to identify, or if I’ve got something wrong. This is my favorite wildflower, a bluebell.

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Here’s a wood filled with bluebells near my uncle’s farm.

Bluebell wood

Bluebell wood

Foxgloves

Foxgloves on my cousins’ farm.

A wild orchid--increasingly rare.

A wild orchid–increasingly rare.

The wonderfully named rosebay willowherb.

Rosebay willowherb.

Rosebay willowherb.

hardy geraniumhardy geranium along the banks of the canal.

Unknown

Unknown

Meadowsweet

Meadowsweet

clover

clover

Eggs and Bacon

Eggs and Bacon or bird’s foot trefoil

Buttercups

Buttercups

Cow parsley

wild pea

Hogweed

Hogweed

unknown

Unknown.

Bird’s eye or speedwell (thanks to Iota Manhattan).

Scabius.

Scabius.

Bugle.

Bugle.

Harebells.

Harebells.

Wild angelica

Wild angelica

Ragged robin.

Campion

Wild rose.

Wild rose.

Hardhead.

Hardhead or knapweed.

Please let me know if you have any additions or information!

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