Astrantia major

It is thought that this plant originally came from the Balkans. It has been in Britain since the 16th Century. This is a popular cottage garden plant, which self-seeds and is mainly pollinated by beetles.



Pretty as a peony

Peonies always look beautiful in floral arrangements, like those found adorning the pages of Country Living magazine!


Ferns – prehistoric & future plants

Many of the species of fern we have today date from 145 million years ago. The first ferns appeared 360 million years ago. In the first picture, you can see the tiny spores behind the fronds. Ferns do not seed or flower. Ferns commonly appear in legends about mythical flowers or seeds which if seen (around Midsummer), lead to lifelong happiness and wealth.

Ferns remove toxic chemicals from indoor spaces. They have even been used by NASA to prevent sick building syndrome – “If man is to move into closed environments, on Earth or in space, he must take along nature’s life support system.” Plants.


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‘Hold a buttercup under someone’s chin to see if they like butter,’ so the old saying goes.

Scientists have discovered that the petal reflects light in a way similar to glass. The unique petal structure mimics nectar droplets to attract insects. (University of Cambridge).


Poppy study

These beautiful little poppies in different pastel shades, like hues of sugared almonds are called Papaver rhoeas ‘Mother of Pearl.’ They were selected by the famous painter and gardener, Cedric Morris. He used to collect different colours from hedges and fields.

Unfortunately, the weather was not very favourable when I tried to capture them. It was overcast and they kept swaying in the wind!