‘The flower that smiles to-day tomorrow dies …’ #wildflowers

 

 

Flowers, Thistle, August 2017

 

From ‘Mutability’ – often known as ‘The flower that smiles to-day’ – by Percy Bysshe Shelley. (more…)

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‘Thistles spike the summer air’ #wildflowers

 

 

Flowers, Thistles, July 2017

 

And turn the clearing into a feeding stop for butterflies, bees, flower flies and myriad other insects. (more…)

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Frosty morning #plants

 

 

Flowers, Thistle, January 2017

 

Another stunning day of sun and frost. (more…)

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Seedheads #plants

 

 

Plants, Thistles, August 2016

 

The thistle life-cycle continues. (more…)

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Marsh Thistle and visitor #plants #insects

 

 

Plants, Marsh Thistle, Insect, June 2016

 

Possibly a Flower Fly, Episyrphus balteatus, on Cirsium palustre. (more…)

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Prize rosette #plants

 

 

Flowers, Spear Thistle, provisional identification, January 2016

 

Spear Thistle, Cirsium vulgare, provisional identification. (more…)

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‘Now nature droops’ #plants

 

 

Flowers, Thistles, unidentified, January 2016

 

From The Seasons: Winter by James Thomson. (more…)

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‘We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!’ #plants

 

 

Flowers, Thistle, October 2015

 

A mass of dead thistles and a line attributed to the poet Humbert Wolfe. (more…)

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Creeping Thistle #plants

 

 

Flowers, Creeping Thistle, provisonal identification, August 2015

 

Cirsium arvense. Provisional identification. (more…)

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Spear Thistle #flowers

 

 

Flowers, Spear Thistle, July 2015

 

Cirsium vulgare. (more…)

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Field Cuckoo Bumblebee

 

 

Bee, Buff-tailed bumblebee, provisional identification, May 2015

 

Bombus campestris, not Bombus terrestris as I had provisionally identified, on thistle. (more…)

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‘The Frost performs its secret ministry’

 

 

Flowers, Thistle, January 2015

 

From Frost at Midnight by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. (more…)

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