Wednesday, 7 August 2019

A few wildflowers from Snowshill, Gloucestershire

Some photos of wild flowers taken on our visit to Snowshill Manor. A view across the fields along the pathway from the car park to the house.

Bellflower - probably Creeping  I think.  A plant which doesn't grow here in Wales.  A joy to see it again.

I know this as Rose Mallow - think it's a washy version of Common Mallow.

I didn't get the leaf for this, but it was in a damp ditch so possibly Hemlock Water Dropwort.

Wild Carrot.

Common Knapweed.

Purple Loosestrife.

White Campion.  Something which used to grow in our garden when I was growing up in Hampshire, but here in Wales we only have the Red Campion and at the seaside in Cardiganshire, I've found Sea Campion (which is also white).

Field Scabious.

Along the way we saw Chicory growing on the verges (we don't get that in Wales either).  It's a plant I love and which brings back happy memories of walks along a stretch of the old Somerset & Dorset Railway near Blandford, when staying with friends of ours.

Looking across to the side of the house . . .


  1. flowers growing wild..lovely.
    We passed a clump of tansy in a wide hedge sheltered verge on yesterday's bike ride

    1. I just love wild flowers, and identifying new species (though I Give Up with Umbellifers!) Hope you had a flat route for your bike ride - we went up on to Hay Bluff this afternoon, and on to Capel-y-Ffin and then Cwmyoy, and as I was taking photos, a lady of mature years passed, pushing her bike (and probably gritting her teefs!) "Cheer up" I told her, "It'll be worth it for the view at the top". I hope that cheered her up . . .

  2. I love that Bellflower - we have one lane round here where it seems to grow every year - I look forward to seeing its arrival.

    1. They always look so exotic to me as we don't have them locally.

  3. Great series of images. Some of these plants are found here where they are invasive species, often very problematic. It is amazing the degree of alien species (not only plants) brought over by immigrants nostalgic for the old country. I am sure they could never have imagined the disruptions and harmful consequences that would occur in native ecosystems.

  4. Richard Mabey states that the Bellflower, if it IS creeping rather than Nettle-leaved, can be a garden escapee, but since there were wonderful gardens nearby, it may have come from there, but Bellflower in general is a plant that I've seen often in Glos. The Wild Carrot appears to be developed from a distinct subspecies, ssp. sativus, which was probably native to the Mediterranean and brought to Britain in the fifteenth century. (Mabey again.) Mallow appears to have been cultivated by the Romans (and then it spread). All the others are native.

    I often wonder, who introduced Sparrows to Australia but apparently it was deliberate!!

  5. Lovely images of the wild flowers - Wild Carrot is one of my favourites as the insects love it and the seed heads are so delightful. I like Chicory too - I saw some growing at the edge of a field by my mother's nursing home a few years ago and it took me ages to id it!!

  6. I have a soft spot for Wild Carrot too. Chicory is uncommon but it does like the limestone soils I think.