Lying In The Grass

It’s one of my favourite things to do, as soon as the wildflowers in my garden start to bloom. These are the early ones – there will be a different set in June and July, although some, such as the Bird’s-foot Trefoil, will persist. All but one of one of these wildflowers is native to West Cork, all have volunteered in my garden, and all have been photographed in the last week. You have to lie down in the grass to see many of them (tiny!), or to see the detail on the flower – but I have done all the work for you so make a cup of tea, settle back, and just enjoy!

The music is by the incomparable, late Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin and is titled Turas Go Tír Na nÓg (Journey to the Land of Youth) – Go raibh maith agat, a Mhícheál, agus suaimhneas síoraí.

A plant list follows, in the order in which they are presented. 

Ribwort Plantain (Title slide)

Creeping Buttercup X 2

Common Mouse-ear

Common Milkwort X 3

Common Milkwort, white form

Dandelion clock 

Cat’s-ear X 3 (much more common in my garden than Dandelions)

Yellow Pimpernel X 2

Common Dog-violet X 2

Grasses

Daisies

Thyme-leaved Speedwell and Daisies X 2

Thyme-leaved Speedwell closeup

Daisies

Red Clover

White Clover

Herb-Robert

Cat’s-ear and Scarlet Pimpernel

Common Bird’s-foot-trefoil X 3

Keeled-fruited Cornsalad X 2

Common Sorrel X 3

Ivy-leaved Speedwell* X 2

Marsh Thistle X 2 (Why I don’t do this barefoot)

Lousewort

Common Vetch X 2

Ground-ivy X 2

Common Blue Butterfly

Speedwell (thyme-leaved?)

Cut-leaved Crane’s-bill X 2

*Ivy-leaved Speedwell is thought to be an introduced species

28 thoughts

  1. Hi Finola,

    Enjoying your weekly journal.

    Thought about this when you sent todays.

    Regards,

    Kevin Joyce, Connemara

    On Sun, 9 May 2021 at 16:21, Roaringwater Journal wrote:

    > Finola posted: ” It’s one of my favourite things to do, as soon as the > wildflowers in my garden start to bloom. These are the early ones – there > will be a different set in June and July, although some, such as the > Bird’s-foot Trefoil, will persist. All but one of one of ” >

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  2. What an amazing garden you have, thank you for sharing it with us and also for listing the flowers. That was so very relaxing to watch, beautifully photographed and what a lovely piece of music too. I must remember to revisit when calm is needed.

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  3. Well done you for maintaining and nurturing such an ideal habitat, evident from the variety of species in your garden. Good thing that you made it when you did – you would be running for cover every five minutes this week!

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  4. Exquisite Fiona. Thankyou and for listing the names. I too have been lying in the grass in awe at the profusion of wild flowers appearing in our garden like magic. One delicate cowslip made an appearance. In my youth they grew in profusion.

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  5. Simply stunning. Like Shauna, it brought tears to my eyes at the thought of missing another spring and summer in West Cork. Thank you.

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