We live in the countryside, but not in a remote location as it is only 3 miles to the former fishing village of St Ives and 4 miles to the former industrial town of Hayle. One of the advantages of living here is that we can walk straight out of our front door and into country lanes lined with Cornish hedges and native wild flowers. It is always a pleasure to walk the lanes around us to discover what is in flower at a particular time of year. In May it is the cow parsley that dominates, the delicate lacy umbellifers creating a foaming, frothy edge to the road. Intertwined are Red Campion which take over from the native English bluebells by the end of the month and bright glossy buttercups. Lesser Stitchwort shine among the darkness of the ivy leaves and brambles and Common Vetch, with its long twining stems that have curly tendrils on the ends and jewel bright pinky-purple flowers, weave their way through the tapestry of other colours.
One of our favourite walks is down the steep hill past Alice then along the road to Trencrom Hill car park and around the hill. Preferably when it is dry and not muddy! Brambles are beginning to green up, Hawthorn replaces Blackthorn and everywhere is lush and green.
It tends to be a slow walk as we are constantly stopping to photograph the flowers or listen for buzzards or watch butterflies and bees. Foxgloves are beginning to open their flowers – give them another couple of weeks and they will dominate.
The colours are just wonderful – red, pink, purple, blue, white and greens of all shades.
On the base of the hill are beautiful tiny bright blue Veronica chamaedrys (gemander speedwell or angels’ eyes), a weed in most gardens, but glorious in this environment. They are replacing the lovely purple Dog Violets which are now disappearing back underground.
It’s not a long walk, but it is always an interesting one.