One of the very nicest things about England is all the flowers. The gardens (sometimes it feels as if everyone here is a gardener) and the meadows and hedgerows are filled with flowers.
I’ve noticed that there are fewer wildflowers than when I spent my summers here as a child. Probably part of the reason is the increased use of fertilizers by farmers for their crops of wheat, barley, potatoes, and hay/silage.
Another reason for the decline of wildflowers might be due to
Please let me know if you know the name of a flower I haven’t been able to identify, or if I’ve got something wrong. This is my favorite wildflower, a bluebell.
Here’s a wood filled with bluebells near my uncle’s farm.
The wonderfully named rosebay willowherb.
hardy geranium along the banks of the canal.
Please let me know if you have any additions or information!
Lovely photos. I’m going to help you out with some names (though you might want to google to check I’m right). Your first “unknown” is something to do with milkmaids. I think it might actually be called “Milk Maid”. The little blue flowers before the scabius are speedwell. Can’t do the others, though they look familiar.
Virginia A Smith said:
The first unknown is called Herb Robert and is in the geranium family – its scientific name is Geranium robertianum. It has a strong odor that most people find unpleasant. Very common around here (U.S. Pacific Northwest).
What you call Bugle I know as Self-heal, also common and an ancient healing herb.