The Flowers of Spring 5 / 5 / 2017

Cornwall is full of beautiful wild flowers this May

Cornwall has come alive with vibrant hues of wild flowers. Its a joy to travel through our snugly lanes flanked by brilliant bluebells. The Primroses have given way to these patches of blue and the vast amount this year of wild garlic. Slightly pungent with car windows open but ideal as free foraging food!

Gill has been busy at our local church in St Kew with thier Flower Festival. It is running from the 5th to the 7th of May so head down if you can, this years subject being favourite poetry. Gill picked for her theme ‘Halfway Down’ a AA Milne poem she used to say to the children when they were little!

St Kew Church flower festival

If you are heading to the coast and you can see the more hardy but equally beautiful wild flowers that hug the cliffs on our favourite beaches. So what can you see? The Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil has yellow flowers that look like little slippers and pop up in small clusters. They are actually a member of the pea family.

The English Stonecrop (Sedum anglicum), like its name suggests, hides between the cracks of rocks and has star-like flowers in white tinged with pink. The happy yellow spiky flowers are the Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria), vibrant and sunny with silky leaves. Larger than your normal garden daisy you’ll  find plenty of the Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), with pristine white petals and yellow centres.

If you manage to spot little pink/purple flowers they are likely to be the Rock Sea-spurrey (Spergularia rupicola). They grow on or out of rocks with fleshy leaves and a touch of yellow. The Sheep’s-bit (Jasione montana) is a familiar sight with its fluffy circle flower head in blue, close to the ground. Perhaps the most well known, or at least the most photographed is the Thrift or Sea Pink. The leaves are long, straight and dark green, blending in with the blades of grass. But the blooms are pink, occasionally looking more white or red and a happy haze to see as you gaze at the azure blue sea from the cliff tops.

If you are walking some of the South West Coastal path then keeps your eyes peeled, our wild flowers are not to be missed!

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