festival of spring #10

I am going to join in with Dawn’s Festival of Spring which will last for 10 -12 weeks in celebration of this season and share something that is happening in or around my neighbourhood each week.

For my final post I am going to share a few photos of the wildflowers at this time of year around the lanes close to where I live. May is when the hedgerows burst into frothy white of the Cow Parsley, but if you venture out and look closely you will find so much more.

In a week or two the Cow Parsley will give way to the Foxgloves. A never ending cycle of colour orchestrated by Mother Nature.

ferns, brambles and foxgloves

NB: The Echium candicans has probably been planted at some time, but is a common sight in Cornwall along with Echium pininana, both will self seed in a mild climate. Echium vulgare (Viper’s bugloss) is a biennial wildflower and often found in grassy locations. It will easily self-seed. And bees love them all.

Once again I thank Dawn for hosting this challenge giving us the opportunity to look around us at this time of year to celebrate the arrival of spring. From tiny spring bulbs to the fresh green leaves appearing it really is the most wondrous time of the year.

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh my goodness, what a wonderful collection!
    Thank you Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      My pleasure Dawn.

  2. Sandra says:

    May is my favourite month for the variety of wildflowers everywhere. To be able to enjoy them in this spell of unbroken sun is bliss.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, this spell of sunshine is more than welcome, it has been a long time coming this year!

  3. beetleypete says:

    We have a blaze of colour from the Oil Seed Rape in the fields around here. Just a shame it makes me sneeze badly, and smells awful. That puts me off wanting to go and photograph it.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have the same problems with the rapeseed, but I did once venture into a field to take photos, the flowers are actually very pretty.

      Field of Gold

  4. Ann Mackay says:

    Spring has sprung beautifully with you Jude! Lots of cow parsley along roadsides here too and our lawn is suddenly full of daisies. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha… daisies seem to have totally colonised my garden. I have even had to resort to pulling them out of some of the beds and borders, though I leave the ones in the patio cracks and the lawn to do their own thing.

      1. Ann Mackay says:

        Hehe, exactly the same here…beds and borders are full of them – argh! (Wish they’d keep to the lawn.)

  5. Sadje says:

    So beautiful

    1. Heyjude says:

      May is a beautiful month more so when the sun shines, which hasn’t been the case this year until this week. Now it is glorious.

      1. Sadje says:

        It’s awesome

  6. Glorious spring! I was especially taken with the hedgerow abloom with cow parsley.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The cow parsley and the hawthorn are fabulous right now, the lanes are a froth of white.

      1. I bet! How I would love to see them.

  7. margaret21 says:

    Wonderful! I see our byways are as abundant as ours just now.

    1. Heyjude says:

      A bit of warmth makes such a difference.

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