I came across this meadow brown butterfly basking in the sunlight earlier this week. As such, these butterflies are nervous and don’t allow you to come close. This one, however, let me get to within a foot before deciding I could be a threat!
could almost be called a rose. This tulip at first glance looks so much like a rosebud.
Earlier this year I was at Visakhapatnam (, an important port town on the eastern coast of )India. I spied this fishing boat on the boat where the crew had just come with the catch and had finished emptying their nets.
Scarlet pimpernel – a small flower with a big and famous name. A low sprawling plant with bright red flowers about 10mm across. All parts of the plant are poisonous and contain glucopyranoside cucurbitacins (Arvenins I to IV). Consumption can cause stomach upsets, trembling and kidney damage. (Source: Wildflowerfinder.org.uk).
For more information, please see: http://wildflowerfinder.org.uk/Flowers/P/Pimpernel(Scarlet)/Pimpernel(Scarlet).htm
Great mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is a robust, upright plant that is covered with thick white woolly hairs. It is commonly found in grassland, and verges. The flowers are produced on an upright stalk and are usually bright yellow in colour.
Tree Lilies are a hybrid lilies of oriental and European lilies, and grow up to 8 feet in height with large fragrant blooms. I bought a few tree lilies earlier this year and they’ve grown to about 5 feet tall. Here’s what the flowers look like:
Tree lilies can be bought from most good garden centres an nurseries. I purchased mine mail order from Thompson & Morgan. Don’t buy bulbs in autumn, or if you do, desist from planting in the ground till spring next year. I lost a whole collection of these over the winter here in Cambridge.
A common sight in British grasslands and meadows. In high season, whole fields seem coated in yellow. These plants, also called Lotus corniculatus, belong to the same family as the pea.