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 Milkwort X 3
Common Milkwort, white form
Cat’s-ear X 3 (much more common in my garden than Dandelions)
Yellow Pimpernel X 2
Common Dog-violet X 2
Thyme-leaved Speedwell and Daisies X 2
Thyme-leaved Speedwell closeup
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)
Common Vetch X 2
Ground-ivy X 2
Common Blue Butterfly
Cut-leaved Crane’s-bill X 2
*Ivy-leaved Speedwell is thought to be an introduced species