Midsummer Stroll

A quick late evening stroll around the country lanes and ‘my’ hill last week revealed more wild flowers. Mullein (Verbascum) with its wonderful caterpillar moth, Evening Primrose, Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus mollis), purple foxgloves, thistle seedheads, bracken leaves turning gold already, wild honeysuckle and buddleia throwing their fragrance into the still air, rosebay willowherb and pretty hydrangeas. OK, the hydrangeas were planted by someone living along the lane, but still a large part of Cornish lanes at this time of year. And lots of lovely wild grasses – golden oats, purple Yorkshire fog and soft silvery plumes line the trails on the hill. Sometimes I wonder why I cultivate a garden. Nature seems to put things together perfectly.

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  1. It is all so beautiful and makes me want to pack a bag and head on over right away. The problem with your let nature do its job theory is that the weeds, S&S would just take over in the garden. In the lanes and hedgerows, the weeds don’t get a look in.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, there are plenty of ‘weeds’ in the lanes, cleavers, creeping buttercups, bindweed… It just doesn’t seem to matter there. I am losing the battle with bindweed this year, it is everywhere in my garden and in the lanes. I don’t mind it on the fence but it’s when it strangles other plants that I do.

      1. I don’t think I’ve seen bindweed, maybe that is a good thing. 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Believe me it is a good thing. Though you can buy Convolvulus varieties for gardens – you might know the deep blue one known as Morning Glory’ and there are some ground growing ones that are very pretty.

        2. Oh yes, we have morning glory and although I love to see it growing wild I wouldn’t like it in my garden either.

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I’m having the bindweed battle too thanks to the neighbour who also gifted brambles, grrhh. Lovely gallery Jude, I love bears breeches.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have the farm on one side and that is a complete nightmare of wilderness, but also my other neighbour doesn’t weed so her cleavers, brambles and grasses seed themselves in my side – annoys the hell out of me!

  3. susurrus says:

    Looking at your gallery, you put everything together perfectly too.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, thank you Susan, that’s a really lovely thing to say.

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