Wild flowers outside and inside

buttercup meadowWhat I’ve noticed this June is all the wild flowers peeking through the grass along the paths I walk. Whether I’m in the woods, near my children’s school, or by my garden, they’re dancing away quietly with their grass partners to the tune of the wind. They’re friends of bees, butterflies and wildlife and the ancestors to our cultivated and prized flowers. Some view them as weeds, or shall we say graffiti, that needs to be removed. Others view them as natural landscape art that is priceless and should be conserved.

Now there are some wild plants who rule the verges of our country lanes such as Queen’s Anne lace, also known as cow parsley. But it’s a bit of a bully and pushing out many other wild flora from its patches. Should we control it or let it have its way?cow parsleySometimes I come upon some wild plant that looks threatening but mesmerising like a strange abstract work of art. This one I saw in the woods and presume it’s some type of thistle?Wild weed with pink flowers openingIn the woods, ferns with fonds like miniature sculptures are opening up alongside trails. They’re one of the oldest species on earth but these prehistoric wild plants still thrive in our woodlands, gardens and even inside our homes in pots.Opening fernIf you’re not looking you may miss them, but beautiful wild orchids are now flowering in woods and meadows and near our paths. We’ve spotted them (as in Luce, Theo and myself) on our last three walks here in Sussex.  How exquisite are they when you look up close? Luckily they are now prized and protected like museum pieces that must not be touched.
wild orchidBees and butterflies hear the silent music played by wild flower bugles in wet woods and meadows.  Some gardeners like these little rock stars as spreading ground cover while others want them out.Bugle flowersWild flowers line the edges of our garden and the path by school greeting us as we come and go. Roadside and pavement verges everywhere are covered in daisies, clovers, buttercups, forget-me-nots, dandelions and more. I keep thinking that they’re eagerly waiting for us to stop and admire them. Aren’t we pretty? Don’t we make the wildlife happier? Hoping for compliments as they sway their tiny, tiny colorful petals at us but then we ignore them and just walk on by or mow them or often pull them out if they’re in our garden. wild flowers along pathred clover in wildGorgeous roses are now growing in my garden. I’ve been cutting them, as well as ornamental poppies and other stunning divas, for display in my home.  (I’ve shown some of them on Instagram). But I’ve also brought in some wild flowers and grasses. I look at them and think ‘nothing is ordinary.’ They look a bit boho together in jars and bottles. And, alone, just beautiful in a quiet way. bottles with wild flowersdaisies insidedaisies in bottlesglass jar with wild flowersWild flowers in jar from aboveMix of wild flowersBirds foot trefoilred cloversgrassesSingle stem with cluster of wild flowers

So, although there are amazing displays of beautiful flowers that dazzle and enthrall me at this time of year, I also like to pause once in a while and silently admire the wild flowers growing, blooming, surviving, spreading and dying at their own pace.

19 thoughts on “Wild flowers outside and inside”

  1. Beautiful photos, Kriss. I can’t stop looking at and admiring all of the colours and blooms around now, and I love bringing them inside, too, as it really cheers me to see them in my home.

  2. Beautiful. I am with you, I love wildflowers. I have them all growing in my garden, and embrace them – some need a bit of controlling (goose grass, nettles, cow parsley) but they are loved by bees and wildlife, and look so much nicer in a jam jar on my kitchen table than any scentless shop bought imported flowers!!! 🙂

  3. These are some wonderful photos, they really show the best of wildflowers.
    I love wildflowers, I seem to be heading towards a more wild than structured garden as the years go on. There’s one or two which might need to go but for now I shall see if they can redeem themselves.

  4. Beautiful. Your photos and nature itself. It’s this time of year that I stroll past the flowers int he supermarket with a real sense of ‘wh yon earth would I buy you when there’s so much wild beauty out there?’

    That wild orchid – stunning. I’ve not seen one yet – now I really want to!

    Thanks for joining in again Kriss, love to you all there x

  5. I love love love them and I love your photos. I don’t have the heart to tidy the wild things that appear in my garden too much, and I love the way you have displayed them and brought the wild hedgerows home.

  6. helen the good life mum

    wild flowers are just lovely I always try an d leave them so all the right sort of insect pop along, love the way you photographed them like something from a study book

  7. I’m loving the wildflowers around our way at the moment. Cow parsley does seem to be in abundance but it’s going to seed now so I’ll wait to see what takes its place.

  8. LOVE these photos Kriss, they are gorgeous (can I ask what filter you used, they look amazing). The back of our house is a bit of a wilderness and far too big to really control, so my plan is to sow wildflowers there, eventually 🙂

  9. I love everything in this post! Every photo is stunning. It seems like a good year for wild flowers, there are so many everywhere. The road sides where I live are carpeted with daisies at the moment. The fields are full of meadow buttercups too. Late Spring is a beautiful time of year 🙂

  10. I love seeing all the wildflowers and they seem to be abundant this year in the hedgerows and verges. Here’s hoping that the great British summer brings many more flowers for us all to enjoy. Fabulous photos as always x

  11. So so pretty, you’ve captured the beauty perfectly. It’s so easy to miss some gems like these as we’re usually traipsing and rushing through to finish our walk!

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