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hywel

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We’ve had glorious weather lately. It reminds me of June lol. You can smell the grass and the soil.

I love wild flowers and found some over the week end, and I thought I’d show some photos of them, although there was nothoing very unusual, but it’s nice to see the common ones anyway. And some views.

Here is Blackthorne – Prunus spinosa. There was a lot of it in all the hedges.
They say it’s out a month before the May tree

Primroses – Primula vulgaris, are always lovely to see

Here are some violets with a bee.
I’m not sure which species this one is but it’s probably the common Dog Violet – Viola riviniana

There were many thousands of Wood Anemones – Anemone nemerosa

The photos don’t show them very well. They looked like drifts of snow, but nicer :o)

And there were many thousands of Lesser celandines aswell – Ranunculus ficaria

There were clumps of Butterburr – Petasites officinalis (Thanks to Seaburngirl for naming it) but they were finishing now.

Ladys Smock – Cardamine pratensis
(the colour is a bit glary because the sun was very strong – it’s really a pale lilac colour)

And here it’s mixed with celandines in a picnic area

Ground Ivy, Glechomia hederacea (thanks again to Seaburngirl for the name) – it belongs to the Lamium family

I saw these flowers by a place called Dryslwyn, near here.
Here is Dryslwyn castle (what’s left of it lol)

The River Towy flows past the castle on it’s way to Carmarthen, and the sea, about 7 or 8 miles to the south west

The area has lovely wooded lanes. It is so peaceful .

And there are green meadows all along the river sides

That’s enough lol the blog will get too long :o))

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this is a trip down memory lane. all of these plants grew in the victorian cemetry I used to walk through on the way to chool. The pinky thing I know as butterbur and I ant remember the pinky purple flower but i will look them up and let you know. I am curious now.
smashing photos too.
Thanks you so much.

19 Apr, 2010

 

Great blog Hywell, a reminder of just what a wonderful part of the world you come from. The wild flowers remind me of my youth. Lovely blue sky.

19 Apr, 2010

 

Lovely pix Hywel. I've been looking forward to this blog and not disappointed..Lol. Well done :o)

19 Apr, 2010

 

The Welsh tourist board should give you an accolade for this one Hywel.Your photos are beautiful and it is so unspoilt around where you live. I cannot remember when I last saw swards of wild flowers like this.

19 Apr, 2010

 

beautiful Hywel. What a stunning blue sky and wonderful lazy river for walking beside! It's funny, but although I am not a fan of border polyanthus, the wild primrose is probably my favourite wild flower. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing your walk with us.

19 Apr, 2010

 

Thank you for a very nice tour around where you live Hywel I was very impressed by how tranquil it all looks maybe one day I'd get Gina to show me around that beautiful part of Wales...

19 Apr, 2010

 

ground ivy! not an ivy but Glechoma hederacea as correctly stated by Hywell a Lamiaceae [Labiatae] is the little blue flower.
I had a look at the other, It has a very toothed large leaf so is butterbur 'Petasites officinalis' The wild heliotrope is a lot smaller, the leaf coltfoot size and it smells of vanilla. P. fragrans. :o)

you have such lovely views too Hywell.

19 Apr, 2010

 

Thank you Seaburngirl. I should have remembered from my A level days but they were back in the 60s and I think my memory is failing lol. My eyesight is deffinately failing and I have mislaid my glasses so everything looks blurry at the moment lol.

Thank you to everyone who read this. I'm pleased you all liked the flowers and views. Dryslwyn where these pics were taken is a few miles from where I live.

19 Apr, 2010

 

Lovely blog Hywel, it all looks so peaceful. I love the photos of the river,my dream house would be overlooking water :-))

19 Apr, 2010

 

Such wonderful photos Hywel its great 2 see so many wildflowers in 1 area !! Thanx 4 shareing your brill blog XXX

19 Apr, 2010

 

Wonderful blog and photos - into favourites! Lovely to see all the wildflowers, so many people rush past, intent on getting to their destination and missing all these wonderful plants. Dryslwyn looks beautiful and what views!!! Thanks for putting these on here :~))

19 Apr, 2010

 

beautiful pictures Hywel, thank you so much for sharing.

19 Apr, 2010

 

It's lovely to share a walk with you especially as I can't go myself at the moment. I grew up in the countryside so it brings back memories. Thank You.

19 Apr, 2010

 

So nice to see so many wildflowers, lovely pictures and blog thanks Hywel.

19 Apr, 2010

 

lovely blog Hywel,
it is good to remind ourselves of the wild flowers all around us.
And the river views are awesome - thankyou.

19 Apr, 2010

 

Thank you for sharing your walk Hywel, some lovely views here...

19 Apr, 2010

 

Beautiful scenery, looks a lovely place , unspoilt. : o ) )

19 Apr, 2010

 

Thanks for sharing a lovely nature walk, brill photos.

19 Apr, 2010

 

I think that you have just as nice, peaceful walks in your area Hywel. Lovely pictures, who needs glasses when you have such a splash of colour!!!

19 Apr, 2010

 

lovely photos Hywel......... the countryside looks lovely

19 Apr, 2010

 

beautifull pics and flowers hywel, by the way its a beefly in pic not a bumble, can see its long legs in shadow,, seems like there are alot about at the moment ;o))

19 Apr, 2010

 

I enjoyed this very much.You have some lovely places to visit,Hywel,like us.
we are so lucky to be near lovely countryside.Thanks for sharing,Hywel..:o)

19 Apr, 2010

 

Lovely, lovely blog, Hywel. And I am so envious that you have a photograph of a beefly without knowing it. I've been trying to take one all weekend without success :) Love the river views, so peaceful.

19 Apr, 2010

 

Thanks for showing us the beautiful wild flowers that grow near your home Hywel. I wish I lived in such a beautiful place, it looks so peaceful there. :o)

19 Apr, 2010

 

Thanks for reading my blog.
Sandra and Gee I've never heard of a beefly before.
Sandra (labdancer) I think there's beauty everywhere :o)

19 Apr, 2010

 

hywel been a few on here this last week, i read up on them and its harmless, quite cute really ;o))

19 Apr, 2010

 

I too was wondering about them because we had them in the garden drinking from the drumstick primulas. The proboscis is very long and went down in to the florets very easily. I have just been reading that they are the cuckoos of the insect world, laying their eggs in beetles nests and the developing larvae eat all the food stocks and even the grubs of the host family.

19 Apr, 2010

 

I've never heard of them in my life lol

19 Apr, 2010

 

Super blog as ever Hywel your photos of the wild flowers and beautiful views of peaceful places were a treat thank you for sharing :o)

19 Apr, 2010

 

Beautiful area,plants,and glorious weather,lucky you :)) Well photographed,especially the beefly,just shows we should always have our camera to hand,you never know what may come along !

19 Apr, 2010

 

Thank you Hywel for taking the time,lovely pictures - its always nice to see the cardamine in bloom.

20 Apr, 2010

 

Yes it's one of my favourites. I love to see it.
Thanks to everyone for reading my blog. Your nice comments mean a lot to me .

20 Apr, 2010

 

A lovely walk...and wildflowers everywhere ! Thank you for sharing this Hywel....enjoyed the photos immensely......

20 Apr, 2010

 

I love those masses of wildflowers!

20 Apr, 2010

 

Thanks for reading my blog and all your comments

21 Apr, 2010

 

The blackthorn is the shrub which produces the sloe berries so loved by gin drinkers. I was at a gardeners meeting last evening where someone queried what it was. The advice was to photograph the place where it grows,,because it is hard to ID later in the year, and then keep it a secret. LOL

21 Apr, 2010

 

lol.... I made sloe wine one year, It was very nice :o)

21 Apr, 2010

 

I really enjoyed this blog Hywel, even the celandine looked nice although I feel the same way about it as you do about snow lol. This is the only 'walking' i.e. by proxy, that I can get at the moment and it all looks so beautiful. There were fields of Lady smock by my old house, so beautiful. Unfortunately living in an area of clay quarries, the fields became part of a toxic waste dump:-( I'm going to have another look at you beefly now, I'd never heard of them either:-)

21 Apr, 2010

 

Thanks Hywel, another lovely read with smashing photographs,......

21 Apr, 2010

 

you just can't beat the simplicity of wild flowers, our primroses and wood anemone are flowering their heads off at the moment, it definately lifts the spirits :))) Lovely place to visit too Hywel

22 Apr, 2010

 

Lovely, Hywel - I enjoyed your blog and especially the photos! :-)

22 Apr, 2010

 

Lovely views of the area where you live, Hywel! Thanks to your pictures I was able to confirm that the "lovely" yellow weed infesting the Raspberry plot on the allotment was in fact Celadine. I had a nagging feeling I knew it but couldn't remember what it was called. Needless to say it came out with all the over weeds including nettles but not including a couple of Violets. Discrimination! There was a nice clump right in the middle of the Raspberries! I've given it some water on a couple of occasions as I am thinking of lifting it & bringing it home, only I never remember to take a pot down with me.

22 Apr, 2010

 

Thank you all for reading my blog. I am very pleased so many people enjoyed it. All your positive comments mean a lot to me.
Lesser Celandine is lovely in the hedgerows isn't it David but terrible to controll in the garden. I plan to grow some wild flowers in part of my garden but only certain ones. I've noticed L.Celandine in my garden this year. It has wandered in from the surrounding area. I will have to be carefull it doesn't take over lol. I think it will look nice in a pot on your balcony though :o)
Bornagain I hope you'll be able to overcome your mobility problem soon. It must make life very difficult for you.

23 Apr, 2010

 

The Celandine, as you say, Hywel, does look in the hedgerows but not among the Raspberries! I noticed this afternoon that a few of the plants are coming back again. I tried to hoe the plot but the soil is like concrete! I had to desist after a few minutes trying.

I hadn't thought about growing Celandine in pots! I have thought on the odd occasion about Dandelions & Bindweed - they do both have pretty flowers & confined to a pot wouldn't cause any trouble!

I've spent many hours this month digging them out of the allotment!

23 Apr, 2010

 

Lesser celandine grows from little tubers under the ground so you have to dig them out. I don't think hoeing will get rid of them. I hope you dug most of them out.

23 Apr, 2010

 

i agree with every one pics are so lovely wish i was there , i too love wild flowers .

24 Apr, 2010

 

I have been digging out celandines today - seems a shame but theyve got to go! Along with the shepherds purse and the dreaded wild geum ;((

24 Apr, 2010

 

Thanks for that information, Hywel, I didn't know they had tubers & I didn't dig them out. I only pulled them out where I could. Now that they are beginning to grow again I will have to go down on my hands & knees & dig them out!

Just as well that the digging has ended for me! Ow, my poor back! LOL! (Through really it's not a laughing matter at all!)

24 Apr, 2010

 

I have them in my garden Balcony and have not found them to be that much of a problem as the tuberous roots tend to be like a bunch of carrots just below the plant leaves. I fork the area lightly and rake off the plants that come free with bulbils attached. I do not find them very deep rooting. A hands and knees job sounds like hard work. If you are going to be growing potatoes in the spot where these plants are that should help clear them. Good luck

24 Apr, 2010

 

Thanks, Scotsgran, but they are growing in the Raspberry patch on the allotment.
"A hands and knees job sounds like hard work." may indeed sound like hard work but trying to fork over the place would probably produce a lot of excruciating pain in my lower back. Anyway Raspberries are shallow rooted, I believe, & trying to dig with a fork would damage the roots.

24 Apr, 2010

 

I try to grow organically but if I were you I would be temped to use a weed killer which is sprayed on only the offender and it works its way in to the roots to kill them off. Sorry to hear about your back. Take care.

24 Apr, 2010

 

Scotsgran pointed out a Bee Fly to me on your picture of violets, at bottom right. He is a little round insect with golden hairs and he hovers to feed with a proboscis. There was one in my garden going over the aubretia. I tried to find a picture, just one on Flickr. Your pictures are lovely. I hope your back is soon more comfortable.

25 Apr, 2010

 

Fantastic blog as always Hywel,and your photos are a joy~have so enjoyed sharing this journey with you and seeing it through your lens, you never disappoint my friend :~))

26 Apr, 2010

 

Thank you all for reading my blog. I am glad you enjoyed it :o)

26 Apr, 2010

 

Scotsgran, I managed to hoe the Raspberry patch between yesterday & today. I had given the Raspberries a good soaking on Saturday & so the ground was a little easier to work on this week.

I did have to go down on my hands & knees to remove the nettles & a few odd perennial weeds. I survived & my back isn't too bad.

27 Apr, 2010

 

No pain no gain thats the spirit lol

27 Apr, 2010

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