Wild flowers have been a constant in my life. 'Flower' was my first word! These days I sense their fragility because they are under threat from a number of quarters. Hence my delight to see some wonderful wildflower meadow planting either side of an approach road to a reasonably new estate in Haddington. It was just a joy and I went back a few days later with my camera.
I love moon daisies, or maybe you know them as marguerites or ox eye daisy. Like many flowers they have regional names. They hold a lovely memory of an afternoon spent picnicking in a field of daisies, clover and sorrel when I was a Brownie. I was a Sprite!
"Here we come the sprightly sprites,
Brave and helpful like the knights"
There is some sorrel mixed in with all these beauties. For a reason I can no longer remember, I used to chew on sorrel leaves when I was young and always referred to them as tomato soup! Maybe the tart taste of the leaf reminded me of Heinz Tomato soup which was my firm favourite!There is a wonderful wild plant charity which I subscribe to on a monthly basis. Plantlife is well worth looking up. They do wonderful work to help us hang on to our glorious wild flowers, mosses, fungi and woodlands. I spent last Saturday afternoon helping out on their stand at The Big Tent festival near Falkland in Fife. I will show you photos from that event another time but just for now I would urge you to learn more about Plantlife. Wild plants need all the supporters they can get. I am going to volunteer to study a small area which they will allocate to me and I report on at least once a year. It seems like a very modest contribution but every little bit helps.
I was bowling along a local road on Sunday and came to a screeching halt when I saw these.
The daisy flowers are chamomile. How about this for a relaxing vista!
I'm just listening to Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture on the radio and of course looking at these photos. It's a wonderful combination! Whilst being aware of all the horrors and man-made heartbreak going on in the world, these flowers are a very necessary reminder that not everything on this planet is crazy. That's one of the vital roles wild flowers play in our lives. They are a reminder that there is beauty all around us.