Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

After the Rain


The leaves of a horse chestnut

Chestnut leaf

I’ve always know this flower as a mayflower, because that’s what we called it as children, we used to pick big bunches of them;

After the rain

but having trawled the Internet (I tried the web site of the  Botanical society of the British Isles, but it manages to cloak its flowers in such a dense thatch of Latin and botanical classifications that I gave up, I know when I’m not welcome) so dusted down my ever reliable and more importantly illustrated  copy of Wild Flowers of Britain by Roger Philips (given to me as Christmas present circa 1977) to discover it is more commonly know as lady’s smock or cuckoo flower (oh go on then, you can have the its Sunday best name, if you must it’s Cardamine pratensis.)


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

5 thoughts on “After the Rain

  1. I am in complete sympathy with you as to the flower identification guides indexed in Latin. I fantasize about a website that offers a slideshow of the flowers likely to be blooming at that particular time in a particular location. Wouldn’t that be something? Isn’t it pathetic that that’s what I fantasize about? Mercy.

  2. i love roger phillips’ books – the photographs make identifying things so much easier than drawings, however good they are. your photos are lovely!

    • I was surprised that it was so hard to ID flowers on the ‘net, though I had a similar problem with fungi a few weeks ago. The botany sites were somewhat elitist, akin to some one who admires steam trains trying to have a conversation with a train spotter, shame really, bit of a missed opportunity to get folk interested in botany, maybe they like being a rare species themselves 😉

  3. I’ve had trouble identifying flowers on the internet, too. I like Gerry’s idea of a website that shows a slideshow of flowers that are likely to be blooming at a particular time in a particular location.

    You’ve reminded me, however, that I have a perfectly good wildflower field guide somewhere in my stacks of books. I should locate it and put it to good use.

    Your photos are, as always, lovely.

  4. Coincidentally, yesterday I was trying to identify a tall yellow flower and finally gave up. Too hard! I think mayflower works much better than cuckoo flower or lady’s smock.

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