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A Walk on the Wild Side

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By amy

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For years I travelled up and down the A 47 to work , always at this time of the year I would glance across the fields and wonder .. what was that in the distance , it looked like a pink cloud snaking through the fields ,trees and meadows .
It always puzzled me , I mentally took note that I would find out one day …..

That day came yesterday , It was pouring with rain so gardening was out of the question , I suggested going for a ride to look for the pink cloud …
My husband looked slightly perplexed then decided to go along with my strange idea ..

We drove to the area we thought might be right , down narrow lanes twisting and winding through Fords flowing with water ..
We decided to park near the stream then follow it as the pink cloud seemed to twist and turn as though it was following a water course …

We had our walking boots on .. we really should have had wet suits , The grass was wet and long as we set off following the stream through the first meadow ..
I knew as we crossed an old wooden bridge to the second meadow that we were on the right track , I could see pink dotted on the banks of the stream


and then more and more untill we were surrounded by it …..

The woods were full of it the fragrence was out of this world …

The most amazing sight … Stocks …. wild Stocks every where ..

!http://media.growsonyou.com/photos/blog_photo/image/9985/main/Wild_Stock_8.jpg

I need to find out more about them !!

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That's an incredible sight - they are such pretty flowers. I haven't seen these growing in gardens here for years and years - used to be a common sight. Even lovelier growing wild like that. Lovely blog, thanks Amy.

8 Jun, 2009

 

What a find - did you just follow your nose?

8 Jun, 2009

 

OOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooo Amy what a Site these Pics are its such a same we cant smell them , My Goodness i bet u was Full Of Joy finding these Beautys :)

8 Jun, 2009

 

Thank you Amy. These pictures are beautiful.

8 Jun, 2009

 

Good blog Amy. Well done :o)

8 Jun, 2009

amy
Amy
 

Thanks , yes wagger we could smell them before we reached them , I wish that you could smell them Jacque ..

The only thing I have found out from my books so far is that they might be called Hoare Stocks which are rare , but I don,t really know ..

Is there anybody out there that knows what the correct name is ?

8 Jun, 2009

 

il have a peek in My Wild Flower Book now Amy :)

8 Jun, 2009

 

Simply beautiful Amy - I bet you're glad you made the effort to go ...

8 Jun, 2009

amy
Amy
 

It was well worth it Terry , A sight never to be forgotten .. ..

Thanks Jacque :o)

8 Jun, 2009

 

How lovely that you found your pink cloud. Beautiful photos, wish we could share the scent too.

8 Jun, 2009

amy
Amy
 

I wish you all could Gee :o)

8 Jun, 2009

 

mother nature at her best, and then we tamper with it and produce the weird plants for our garden :o)

8 Jun, 2009

 

simply gorgeous Amy

8 Jun, 2009

 

I never knew there were wild stocks! they look lovely and i can imagine the lovely scent

8 Jun, 2009

 

What a lovely surprise for you Amy after years of wondering what the pink cloud could be! Pity we dont have smelly vision and we could all share the fragrance. x

8 Jun, 2009

 

Gorgeous absolutely gorgeous! :0)

8 Jun, 2009

amy
Amy
 

Thank you all , I only wish that you could smell it Dawn ,
I,m sure it wil be a once a year walk from now on .
Funny thing is i,ve never heard anybody else mention it , it was difficult to find , I wonder if it,s one of those SSSI sites and a secret .... until now .. Shhh don,t tell anyone .... :o)

8 Jun, 2009

 

Love the fragrance of Stocks Amy and like you say you can go every year now to see them. Do you think wild stock seeds are available - they would look nice growing in my wild meadow part. Was the ground damp where they were Amy as I have plenty of damp areas.

8 Jun, 2009

amy
Amy
 

I,m sure that I could wonder down there when the seed pods are ripening Dawn , I will keep an eye on the garden stocks to give me an idea as to when to go , It wouldn,t be my fault if a few seed pods fell into my boots , would it !
They would look lovely in your meadow , yes the ground was damp , they obviously like water to be growing along the banks , but also well into the trees and woods .. . :o)

8 Jun, 2009

 

They look lovely Amy,I also have never seen any wild stocks,............

8 Jun, 2009

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Linclass , I hadn,t seen them before either .. :o)

8 Jun, 2009

 

Lovely! Seaburngirl made a point earlier about native plants that man has since messed about with. In this region I frequently find lovely wild plants that I paid pounds for to have in my garden years ago. For instance, I always thought Snapdragons (can't call to mind their proper name!) looked rather bold and thuggish - now I find their original version growing on banks along the lanes and they're pale yellow and cream, only 10" tall, delicate and pretty - far prettier than the Frankenstein models! I have some Stocks in my garden now (seeds sent by an amiga) but the wild ones look amazing! What a wonderful find!

9 Jun, 2009

 

Hi Amy My Wild Flower Book dont say any thing different 2 your Books ? :)

9 Jun, 2009

amy
Amy
 

Yes I know what you mean Nariz and seaburngirl , I have seen the tiny Snapdragons ( Antirrhinum ) also the toad flax is very similar ..
You can,t beat the originals , it all comes down to what the public ask for , and how much money can be made !

Today i,m going to put a pic. on of a field of wild Iris,s growing near a local stream !

9 Jun, 2009

amy
Amy
 

Thanks for trying Jacque :o)

9 Jun, 2009

Ams
Ams
 

Amy don't tell anyone about this special place, only deserving people like your good self should have the honour of discovering it.

10 Jun, 2009

amy
Amy
 

I haven,t told anyone Ams except your good selves , i,m worried that if too many people knew it would be spoilt !

10 Jun, 2009

 

That's what we feel about this magical place where we live Amy. We love to bang on about it because it's so lovely, but then we remind ourselves that its loveliness is due mainly to lack of tourist-type people, so we zip it quickly!

10 Jun, 2009

 

Good plan Amy, thanks for letting me know the conditions they were growing in.

10 Jun, 2009

 

what a great day out that was and how lovely to find some wild stocks i have night scented stocks and they are amazing the fragrence thay give off.

10 Jun, 2009

 

What a wonderful sight Amy. I've never heard of wild stocks before. Please let us know more when you find out about them.

11 Jun, 2009

amy
Amy
 

I will Hywel , :o)

11 Jun, 2009

 

Wow.......what a wonderful sight Amy and I can imagine the scent! I bet it was heavenly being surrounded by such beauty.......super pics too!

12 Jun, 2009

 

hello amy they look lovley.im hoping your on holiday as i just cant get hold of you and im worried about you.as for taking some seeds you will be doing them a faver moving them from the parent plant.im doing your elephant at an excerbition or demonstration well bothe as im donig bothe in august .we raised nearly 5,000 pounds for the hospice so thats good.youl have to take a look at my blogs as ive written quite a few since we last spoke.ive actualy saved your elly for this demonstration.i just hope i do it justes.my web sites bean updated to.please get back to me as im worried about you love.take care amy see you soon with any luck xx

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15 Jul, 2009

 

They're beautiful Amy, its so exciting, they should be ideal for my garden's conditions and now we have some we can collect our own seeds. I've still got a few pods left that you sent me so hopefully a few extra seeds.

13 Mar, 2010

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