You never know when and where you will come across a scene of great beauty which, to my mind, makes life all the richer. A field of purple with a church in the background, a hummingbird hawk moth trapped in your curtains (having strayed from the pink valerians) or the most fantastic cottage garden display in a rubble pile!
Snapdragons going wild at Saxon Business Park, Littleport
A fabulous display that included a whole host of glorious poppies (Papaver spp. – Norfolk’s county flower). Poppies become a symbol of remembrance for First World War soldiers who died during trench warfare in the poppy fields of Flanders. On that theme check out the events planned for October/ November 2014 in Littleport to celebrate the World War One centenary. The Adams Heritage Centre in Littleport is to open its doors so everyone can have a look see on the weekend of 19 / 20th July though it is currently a backdrop for a film on horses in the fens. In contrast to the frequently seen poppy the flower chosen to represent Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire is the rare Pasqueflower (Pulsatilla vulgaris). The pasqueflower is described as “low and hairy with feathery leaves and large, single, purple blooms with vivid yellow stamens”. It blooms around Easter (“Pasque” meaning “like Paschal”, of Easter).
Whilst endeavouring to find out more about county flowers I discovered that Plantlife has declared the Ouse Washes an IPA (no, not the beer, an Important Plant Area) – so nice to be noticed…