|Creeping Thistle: Cirsium arvense
|Harts Tongue Fern
|Canadian Goldenrod Solidago canadensis
(white Form)Rose bay willow herb
Chamerion angustifolium 'Album'
|The Pink Musk Mallows and Knapweeds have now formed huge clumps if the weather improves over the next few weeks all the Knapweeds will open and the whole field will be alive with butterflies and bees
|The Yorkshire Fog add a lovely misty look to the Knapweed and Musk Mallow
|The Knapweeds and the Corn Marigold make a beautiful combination
|Here is the farmland that is in front of our property. Although there are no sheep and cattle in the photo you can see that there is not one bit of colour anywhere only grass that is completely grazed down to almost nothing.
|He was released as soon as photo was taken
|Cutting with an Allan scythe
|Hay loaded onto trailer to be given to the hens to scratch through
|All cleared away and ready to plant
|Bloody Cransbill Geranium sanguineum plugs ready to go in
|Bifid Hemp-nettle (Galeopsis bifida)
I am truly amazed that even after five years of returning my little piece of meadow back to wild flowers that there are plants emerging that not only have I not planted but this one I have never even heard of . There are quite a few of them and they must have been lying dormant for decades just waiting for their moment perhaps the harsh winter and very dry spring was the trigger that they had long awaited
|This clump of Echium is the favourite stopping place for insects wanting their nectar fix .I'll be making sure I collect plenty of seed to ensure the clump is bigger in future years It stands almost 5 feet tall and has been full of flowers for weeks. It looks as if its going to go on producing its nectar rich flower for a good while longer yet.
|Small Tortoise Shell Butterfly