Unmissable Summer Scents

Wild privet (Ligustrum vulgare) or Pribhéad in Irish bears heavily scented white flowers in June and July. (1)  For hundreds of years this plant was used for hedging because its shoots regenerate quickly when cut and it afforded privacy to houses near one another.  It is a deciduous shrub but if often retains some leaves…

Ox-Eye Daisies and Yarrow

The Ox-Eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) Dog daisy, Moon daisy or Nóinín mór in Irish is a very noticeable common wildflower flower.(1a;1b)  It blooms from June to August on tall stems on roadside verges, meadows, wildlife gardens and cultivated fields. There are several rows of bracts edged with reddish-brown colouring below each flower-head. (2) The flower-heads…

More Plants That Don’t Need Bees

Plants that are pollinated by the wind lack the striking colours and strong scents of insect-pollinated plants.  Colour and scent attract insects; wind-pollinated plants don’t need either. One common flowering plant that is wind-pollinated is the Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) or Neantóg in Irish. (1a) The whorls of yellowish-green flowers can be male or female. …

Unmissable roadside flowers

Masses of Cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) or Persil bhó in Irish have been dominating and brightening up roadsides, hedgerows and woodland edges since April and are always a herald of summer.  They are beginning to fade now and leave nature’s stage. (1a;1b) It is sometimes called Queen Anne’s lace because of the delicate and beautiful…