‘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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