festival of spring #8

May in England means one thing above all else. Frothy white country lanes. Suddenly they erupt with the white umbelifers of cow parsley / Anthriscus sylvestris.

Cow Parsley / Anthriscus sylvestris.

The umbrella-like clusters of white flowers are a familiar sight along the lanes of Cornwall and one of the prettiest is where I live, on the way to Wheal Alice, and in the Cornish breeze it billows from side to side, making photographs somewhat difficult. But on a clear though breezy afternoon following overnight rain that refreshed the green and brightened the white I just had to go out and capture these images.

Cow parsley is attractive to a huge number of creatures, from orange-tip butterflies to marmalade hoverflies, and even rabbits. And there are a lot of bunnies along this lane, especially in the evenings, but fortunately not in my garden.

I am going to join in with Dawn’s Festival of Spring which will last for 10 -12 weeks in celebration of this season.


  1. janesmudgeegarden says:

    The cow parsley is pretty, but Iā€™m fascinated by the old stone building by the side of the road.

  2. Cathy says:

    I’d like to walk along that public footpath, Jude, especially on a day in May!

    1. Heyjude says:

      This footpath goes through fields where cattle are kept, including at the moment, bulls. It used to go through what is now our conservatory!

      1. Cathy says:

        Hmm, I might pass on it in that case, Jude… Intriguing about your conservatory – did you have to have it formally diverted? It reminded me of one of my ex-colleagues who lived in an area where school places were fiercely contested, and the catchment boundary for the better school went right through her house…! (she still had to fight for a place for her child)

        1. Heyjude says:

          Our conveyancer picked it up. It had been diverted, but not officially signed off and paid for, so the seller had to do that. It delayed our purchase by several months.

        2. Cathy says:

          I remember you saying there had been a delay before you could move in – was it just ‘human error’, I wonder?

        3. Heyjude says:

          Yes, someone hadn’t completed the process.

        4. Cathy says:

          Grrr…! But all over and done with now and in the past, thankfully…

  3. susurrus says:

    These shots make me feel homesick for cow parsley. I’m surprised how well it works in b&w.

    1. Heyjude says:

      There will be other Mays šŸ˜Š

  4. Such a simple flower but in such vast numbers making a beautiful display. I’m catching up on posts after being away without reception for the past three weeks. I’ll be doing a lot of reading over the next few days. šŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      How lovely to be off grid for so long. Away from the world.

      1. It has been nice, especially as our federal election is tomorrow so we’ve missed almost all of those weeks of campaigning. Much nicer to be out in the bush away from it all.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Oh, yes. Election campaigns are horrendous!

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