Wildflowers of Autumn

Fri, 31/10/2014 - 22:41
Chickweed Stellaria media by Kaldari

Although it has been mainly a warm Autumn in the UK, it is still extraordinary to see so many wildflowers blooming in October. Not just Ivy, Privet and Chickweed, all wildflowers which remain in flower right up until December, but also Cornflower and Viper's Bugloss, spotted in the meadows of the University of York (River of Flowers York), Oxeye Daisy on the roof of Manchester Art Gallery (River of Flowers Manchester) and Red Clover still flourishing in the raised beds of the new Clapham Greenways (River of Flowers London).

There are still bees around too and reports of moths being blown over the Channel. The warm winds from the continent have deposited a handful of rare exotic moths including the Death's Head Hawkmoth, Crimson Speckled Moth and the exquisite cream, pink and green Oleander Hawkmoth across the UK over the last few weeks, just in time for Halloween, see Halloween Moths


Chickweed (Stellaria media) by Kaldari (Wikimedia Commons)