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Monday, 21 June 2010

The wild side

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I spent a long time yesterday lying at the side of the road.
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No, I hadn’t collapsed, or anything; I was taking pictures.
A short distance from where I live, there are two grass verges along the edge of the road, which have been left to ‘grow’.
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They are a mass of flowers………wild, and I’m sure, some, the cultivated kind.
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Imagine that scene from ‘When Harry met Sally’………that’s how I felt.
Here’s just a few of the shots.
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I’ve no idea of the names of most of these, apart from the poppies.
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Why can’t all roadside verges be like this?
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28 comments:

  1. It does seem quite a rarity these days to find a pristine verge. Such a profusion of pretty wild flowers as well as a habitat for a whole host of creatures.

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  2. The last and the penultimate are my favourite, but all are beautiful! Beauti-beauti-ful!:-)

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  3. Stunning pictures Keith of lovely subjects - I couldn't agree more about verges being left alone by councils!! Down in Sussex they've just cut them all and they were full of wildflowers.

    Your blue flower looks like Cornflower to me. And the last one, I would think is Vetch.

    And that sounds like a very relaxed way to take pictures (goes off to look for a comfy verge somewhere )

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  4. Wow ! What a wonderful,colorful and sunny post Keith :)
    I just love it !!!

    Think the third one (lilac one) is kind of a Scabiosa - seems like those I have here.

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  5. Great DOF on these shots Keith--and I agree every roadside should look this beautiful!! I love the wildflowers and yet most of the time the highway crews MOW the roadsides...such a waste!

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  6. Thanks John. The whole verge is alive with insects later in the day. I’ll have to make a return visit in the sun.

    Thank you Kozma. There were so many different flowers there, and in such a small area.

    Tricia, thanks. Yea I had a great time just lying amongst them lol
    I need to get in touch with the council, to find out exactly what is going on there. I noticed a few cultivated varieties mixed in, so someone is obviously going to some trouble with these for a reason.

    Thank you Pescalune. I recognised some of the flowers, but their colours are different from the wild ones. Two years ago it was covered in sunflowers. A lovely road to drive down lol

    Dixxe, thank you. For some reason, this particular verge is spared the mowers. Must be some reason behind it all.

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  7. I loved your wildflower photos - so many nice little surprises. I don't know any of their names either - I just know I love the looks of them!

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  8. Thanks Shelley. I really enjoyed my time with them.

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  9. Keith...these are just gorgeous. Such color...and so many! I've never seen a wild wildflower array like this in person--only on inspirational posters. I think I'd spend the day lying in the ditch as well trying to catch the color from every angle. The reds and blues in these photos make me feel happy just looking at them!

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  10. I ll bet you had a lovely time lying there, they are beautiful pictures, Keith.

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  11. Isn't that just beautiful! I wish we had that much variety in our area. Actually it is that time of year when I start to get wound up: the council will any day now cut back to the roots all of the wild flowers growing along our verges: totally unnecessary vandalism. I have tried talking to them and pointing out how all of the orchids are disappearing because they cut them back before they have time to set seed, but it is like talking to a brick wall. :-(

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  12. Hi Keith looks like your developing an eye for great composition and colour, super images.

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  13. I wish I could put into words the enormous sense of pleasure these photos give me Keith. I viewed them earlier on, got half way through a comment and got interrupted so had to abandon it. Quite honestly I could look at them time and time again, the colours... I love colour, it is so invigorating! I wish the verges here were like that although I do think there is some creative thinking going on these days as I noticed one of the roundabouts near us has been planted with wild flowers, I think it's a great idea and brilliant for insects etc.

    I have been planting wild flowers in the garden, there seem to be more available in the garden centres these days.

    Thanks Keith I enjoyed this post very much but then I always enjoy all your posts :)

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  14. wh these are lovely. would have enjoyed this shoot also. you know i love wild flowers. don't need to know the names, just look to your hearts content. the very best gardens are the ones where mother nature puts together the color pallet.

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  15. Great stuff, Keith. Sometimes it pays off big to just lie around!

    cheers,
    Wilma

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  16. Kelly, thank you. It really is an eye catcher as you drive past. I can’t understand why more people don’t stop to look.

    Thanks Bob. It was good getting right there with them.

    Kerry, thanks. And I can understand your frustration with the council. Too many are content to just hack and trim, in the belief it’s what ‘people’ want, or it’s ‘pleasing’ to the eye. Such a waste.

    Bobster, thanks. Appreciate your comments.

    Thank you Jan. this strip of road has been planted like this for a reason……I’m pretty sure. I need to find out, just to satisfy my own curiosity.
    I’d like to think it’s a nationwide trial; but I doubt it lol

    Ginger, thank you. You’re so right; mother nature does it best.

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  17. Lovely photos of the wildflower verges! Linda

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  18. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
    I can think of nothing better than to lay about and investigate the flora. I'm jealous!

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  19. It's funny you should do this post because the other day I noted with some satisfaction that the council had left several verges unmolested which looks so much better and natural. Granted they weren't a patch on yours Keith, so do we have a national trend? No such luck the council have mowed the lot this morning ~#;*'~#...

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  20. Oh Keith, you can call me Sally! I have done exactly the same on Sunday;-)) Only my pics (with my little compact "Knipse") are not so spectaculare like yours. Your pics from this post are so phantstic! A pleasure to see and a funny idea of cinema adventure;-)) A big hug from Luzia.

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  21. Linda, thank you for stopping by, and commenting.

    Andrea, thank you for your comment. Yea, it was a great way to spend some time. lol

    Thanks Debbie. I’ve a feeling this little stretch of road has been seeded for a reason. I can’t get through on the phone yet, to the people responsible. I’ll keep trying.
    A sad trend of most councils though is to slash through everything. :(

    Luzia, thank you. I had a lot of fun taking these; and a few strange looks from people passing. lol

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  22. Hi Keith.

    You have captured superbly the beauty of our verge side and hedgerows. The photographs conjure up a feeling of peace and tranquility.

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  23. I have no words to describe how beautiful those are. Everything is gorgeous! I can learn a lot from these photos:)

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  24. What gorgeous photos! I love flowers and taking photos of them myself. You did an awesome job with all of the shots!

    Shelley @ Shutter Bug

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  25. Stunning set of flowers there Keith. Makes me yearn for a wild garden. If only I had acres of land lol.

    Hope all is well matey.

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  26. Thanks Trevor. It was amazing just how many flowers were packed into such a small strip.

    Joanna, thank you. You are very kind :)

    Shelley, thank you for stopping by, and commenting :)

    Cheers Nick. Yea, I’d love a BIG garden too lol

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  27. Oh these are just gorgeous.. such luscious colours.

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  28. Thanks Hilary. I've since found a few more small verges like that here; the local council have gone up a bit in my estimation now ;)

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