Wildflowers

Wildflowers

A Trio of Willowherbs

Audio version of Willowherbs – P Madden Infloresence of great willowherb (1a) Willowherbs are flowering now. Their four petalled flowers vary in colour from deep pink to pale pink; their leaves are toothed and lance-shaped like those on certain willow trees and their plumed seeds fly around like those from willow trees. Great willowherb (Epilobiumhirsutum)…

Wildflowers

The Jailer of Midges

Audio version of Wildflowers – P Madden Lords-and ladies, Wild arum, Cuckoo-pint (Arum maculatum) (1) or Cluas chaoin in Irish is a May wildflower that likes woodlands and shady areas.  It is a plant of extraordinary interest because of its unusual method of attracting pollinators.  In fact, it relies mainly on one pollinator to carry…

Wildflowers

Golden cups of the buttercup family

Audio version of Buttercups – P Madden There are about 600 species of buttercup in the world and four of these are very visible in May.  Many people will remember playing with these when they were children.  Children held buttercups under their chins and if the petals were reflected it was a sign that they…