Pretty In Pink

 (and in purple, and in the wind, too.)

Apple Blossom

Apple Blossom, taken way back in April

Possibly Quince

Possibly Quince; taken another two weeks after the apple. I liked that slight blush

Pink Campion

My favourite Spring medley: Pink Campion, Bluebells and Sycamore, taken end of April. Though, really, there’s no such flower as a ‘Pink’ Campion: it’s a Red, hybridised with a White.

Pink Hawthorn

May blossom (Hawthorn) is white, yea? Yea, but it fades to pink, here seen as a blush though often it reaches a deep-down red. Photo taken early May.

Indian Horse Chestnut

The pink-tinged flowers of an Indian Horse Chestnut. Definitely not native! Photo taken mid-May

Red Clover

Not ‘pink’ but Red Clover, here in a hay meadow, entangling with the pinky stalks of dying Dandelions. Mid May.

Wild Rose

Of the 12 species of rose growing wild in Britain, for me the Dog Rose still wears the crown. Caught here in the early morning sun. Late May

Marsh Woundwort

I have a liking for all the ‘dead nettle’ family. Here, Marsh Woundwort displays decidedly orchid-looking flowers.

Common Spotted Orchid

And talking of orchids . . . not quite in its glory yet, a Common Spotted Orchid; Late May

Pyramidal Orchid

Pyramidal Orchid; photo taken 12th June

Narrow Leaf Marsh Orchid

Narrow Leaf Marsh Orchid, photo taken later the same day as above

Common Mallow

Determined to take a photo of the Common Mallow. But as you can see, the day was wind-wrecked. 12th June


Despite some bold photos of the pink strain of Hogweed, I chose this one for its contrasts of colours; 12th June

Field Bindweed

Field Bindweed, its blush-pink stripes lost to the sun. But at least this close to the ground, it was out of the wind. 12th June

Vipers Burgloss

Not so this Vipers Burgloss. But it’s such an impressive form I had to include it. 12th June

Ragged Robin

Like the orchids, Ragged Robin is now a rare marsh-and-fen plant, one to be treasured. 12th June. And that, in itself, was worth the day’s journey.


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2 Responses to Pretty In Pink

  1. Brian Bixby says:

    Why is it called the “dead nettle” family?

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    • crimsonprose says:

      Because the ‘type’ plant for this family, aka the Labiates (though more properly called the Lamiaceae) is the Dead Nettle (see earlier post, way back in February, Too High, too Far etc). The Dead Nettle is so called because,, despite the leaves resemble the Stinging Nettle, there is no sting. In fact, though the leaves are kinda the same, the flowers are 100% unalike. I’ll post a photo of the stinging nettle, then you’ll see what I mean.

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