Wildflowers in a Species-rich Hay Meadow

Grassland flowers

I wrote about a local area of grassland last year, inspired by seeing the Hay Time In The Dales show garden at The RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

Blue lupins on a hillside

I thought I’d share a few pictures from a recent walk, timed to see the wild lupins in flower.

Grassland flowers

I imagine the plant diversity in the meadow attracts a wide range of insects, small mammals and lizards. Flowers that thrive there include vetch, yellow rattle, red and white clovers, bird’s foot trefoil, daisies, aqueligias, wild orchids, thistles, dock, ribwort plantain and common bistort, pictured with a bee, above.

Wild rugosa with large pink, single flowers

Rosa rugosa, probably a garden escapee, was taking advantage of the sunshine on the outskirts of the meadow. Its large, single, bright pink flowers looked like crumpled silk as they unfurled from the buds. A natural underplanting of buttercups and meadow grass made this wild plant look as lovely to me as any I’ve seen in a fancy border. (If that idea doesn’t pass muster with you, half close your eyes, and imagine the grass is crocosmia or iris and the buttercups, potentilla.)

Cee’s Flower of the Day is a wild lupin too. If you liked my picture, you’ll love hers.

43 Replies to “Wildflowers in a Species-rich Hay Meadow”

  1. That’s wonderful. I’ve never seen wild lupins in England, only in France. Yet this can’t be a million miles from Bolton……

  2. It looks fabulous. I never knew we had wild lupins here. I know the south island in New Zealand is famous for them and they do look amazing.

    1. The lupins are evidently happy there. I’ve seen them growing wild a few times, including near Shifnal / Telford along a slip road on to the M54. These ones have chosen a more peaceful spot.

    1. It’s hard to imagine a place like this is rare – it seems to be something we have internalised, if we had a particular type of childhood.

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