Wildflower Wednesday

wildflower-thumbnailThe annual wild flowers are still in flower. The patch has changed a great deal since I last took photos in September. There’s a much more mellow look with lots of straw coloured stalks and seed heads. Today it has been quite dull and overcast with just an occasional glimpse of the sun and yet…

Today the wild flower patch still looks beautiful.
Persistent flowers include Cornflowers in shades of blue, pink and white, a few bright yellow evening primroses and best of all annual Rudbeckias in all shades or orange.

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Well… You know I love orange! annual-rudbeckia

These are not British Wild Flowers but annual seeds sold as wild flower mixtures. I do grow wild flowers from this area of the UK and I’m all in favour of encouraging beneficial insects into the garden with either native plants or non natives. It’s taken me a while to reach this point of view which is explained in my earlier blog post What Should We Grow? To read more just click the image below.

What should we grow

I love British wild flowers and non-natives. Which do you prefer?
Thanks for reading, liking and commenting.      Gillian 🙂

Wildflower Wednesday
On the last Wednesday of each month Gail at clayandlimestone.com hosts a special wildflower event for garden bloggers.

5 thoughts on “Wildflower Wednesday

  1. Hi Gillian,
    This post and the last have contained some wonderful images. I was a bit disappointed not to be able to see them at a larger size. Do you ever use galleries? I am in two minds about using them myself as I find most people don’t usually bother to click through them so I tend to put the photos directly in my posts. However if you want a collage affect anyway you can choose that display for your gallery and have the best of both worlds.
    I love the annual Rudbeckias. Apart from the insects that like very specific plants I don’t suppose most really mind where the plants come from. So neither do I!

    1. Thanks for your comment Annette. I am still experimenting with images and the best way to display them. For the first few months of this blog most of my posts had galleries – I tried small photos, large photos and even round photos! I know that I like looking at galleries on other websites but I’m not sure that everyone else does. And you’re quite right about some insects needing specific food plant for their larvae… most don’t though and that’s why I’m happy to grow a wide range of plants from all over the world. Gillian

      1. I wonder why people don’t click on galleries. I suppose it is lack of time. I wonder if the photographic community is the same as the gardening community in this.
        I remember your round photos now, very impressive.
        Are you going to do the Blogging U photographic course coming up? I am thinking about starting another blog for it so I am not limited to plant photos.

      2. I’ve just posted a gallery of the individual photos used for this Annual Wildflower article. The round thumbnails are created in the WordPress Gallery… it’s easy to do. I do like the idea of the Photo Blogging U. Anything that encourages us new bloggers to experiment a bit is really good news isn’t it?

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