Once again, Malcolm and I are 'confined to barracks' with the rain falling and the ways foul. Lets hope it stops raining later and we can get at least a short walk. In the meantime, some pics from our sunnier walks...
Firstly an old favourite of the British countryside, the Ragged Robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi). Closely related to the Pinks and Campions, it has the most extraordinary petals.
The Latin name harks back to it's old name of Cuckoo Flower (a name we now give to a different plant altogether - the Lady's Smock). In French it is called Fleur de coucou and the Spanish know it as either Flor-de-cuco or Flor del cuclillo. Whatever you like to call it, you can't deny it is one of our most striking and easily recognisable flowers.
Leucanthemum vulgare also called Chrysanthemum leucanthemum or Leucanthemum leucanthemum). A stately plant with a showy flower atop it's slender stems. The flower is 'compound', otherwise known as a composite inflorescence made up of many individual florets which sit together on a disc shaped capitulum. The outer flowers or Ray florets, have a large large, petal-like 'ligule' making the whole flower head look like one single flower.