A walk around the local countryside and a garden.
Here are a few shots of the Big Sky Meadow at RHS Hyde Hall. It is a 46 acre project to convert land to a perennial meadow and I’m sure you’ll agree it looks pretty amazing.
The plants are those common to the Eurasian steppes, North American prairies and African grasslands. The UK has lost 97% of its meadows. To read more about this project, please visit
Blue Eryngium planum and yellow Galium verum.
When dried, the yellow flowers smell of freshly mown hay. These were once used to stuff straw mattresses. A yellow dye was also made from these flowers.
Grasses swaying in the wind. The weather was not favourable for photography – a light wind and drizzle.
Queen Anne’s lace, a member of the carrot family. Legend has it that Queen Anne of England (1655 – 1714), pricked her finger and a drop of blood landed on the white lace she was sewing.
Berkehya purpurea from South Africa is a drought tolerant plant, suited to areas with poor soils.
Red clover – in herbal medicine, this was used to treat skin disorders.