Don't Mow the Meadow!


So it's July 5th 2013, and I reckon, courtesy of a cool and cloudy spring, that the meadow is a good two weeks behind where it was this time last year.  I can live with that. If it extends the length of season deeper into the Autumn, well,  bravo.

Poppies are the star of the show right now, along with a lot of ammi majus, the bishop's flower. As ever, it's the umbellifers that attract the most insects.


I have a small query however. I have to admit I'm not sure what the pastel blue flower below is. I can tell you there's lots of it and very beautiful it is too. It has the fluff and powder blue of an ageratum, but that's as far as I know. Any ideas?






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  1. Lovely!

    Look up trachelium varieties and see if that's your blue/purple wildflower.

    Stay cool in the heat.

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  2. Cheers, I'll look them up.

    We need a prolonged period of hot weather. This spring was so cool and wet, then June wasn't exactly the best, so sunshine and heat is welcome. I think I'll light the BBQ this weekend!

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    1. I've been thinking about this all day! I love a good mystery. Looking at it again, I think it is Phacelia tanacetifolia (Lacy Phacelia).

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    2. Freda you're spot on. That's it. Thanks, mystery solved.

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    3. Ah, good! It's supposed to be a great flower for bees.

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  3. Beautiful and it's got me trying to remember the ditty, Off to mow a meadow but that's all I can remember and the tune.

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    1. 'One man went mow, went to mow a meadow' and so on...

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  4. A most beautiful meadow, for sure.

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  5. Beautiful! I love it! I cannot wait to have a meadow someday :) Thanks for sharing yours!
    ~Julie, US

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    1. They're well worth the work, thanks Julie.

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  6. Fabulous! Is this the new planting you posted about this spring or your older area? What a treat it must be to walk though.

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    1. Hi VW. This is a repeat of last years meadow on a slightly larger scale. It's grown taller this year, I guess because we've had a lot of rain. Yes it is a pleasure to walk through.

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  7. It's looking brilliant Rob. Glad that somebody could id that fabulous blue flower. Not so far away from you at the moment and have seen a fair few poppies blooming their socks off as we have been on the road :)

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    1. Thanks Anna. I hope you're enjoying the hot weather.

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  8. First question to pop into my head, "But what's that blue flower?" So now I know. Beautiful meadow.

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  9. Cheers James.

    Today the ammi majus has taken over, I think it looks better than last year, it'll gradually turn gold as we head into August.

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  10. I've just been searching the internet looking for the identity of a blue flower and stumbled across your blog. thanks for posting the photo as I now have my answer and can let my blog readers know. Stunningly beautiful garden by the way. Julie

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