English Wildflowers

I normally publish my wildflower photos on my other blog, but that’s really for local flowers.    When I was in England, I definitely took plenty of wildflower photos, so I’m going to publish them here, in the style I would normally do on the other site.    This is probably going to be a work in progress, because my references are not as good as what I’ve built up for New England, so I have a bunch still to identify.

It’s fun to see what we have that’s come over here, and what has not made the journey.

Germander Speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys, Plantaginaceae
Common Daisy, Bellis perennis, Asteraceae
Bulbous Buttercup, Ranunculus bulbosus, Ranunculaceae
Red Campion, Silene dioica, Caryophyllaceae
Ribwort Plaintain, Plantago lanceolata, Plantaginaceae
Common Comfrey, Symphytum officinale, Boraginaceae
Herb Robert, Geranium robertianum, Geraniaceae
Greater Celandine, Chelidonium majus, Papaveraceae
Black Medick, Medicago lupulina, Fabaceae
Ox Eye Daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare, Asteraceae
Elder, Sambucus nigra, Adoxaceae
Wood Avens, Geum urbanum, Rosaceae
Wild Oregano, Origanum vulgare, Lamiaceae
White Campion, Silene latifolia, Plantaginaceae
Water Forgot Me Not, Myosotis scorpioides, Boraginaceae
White Clover, Trifolium repens, Fabaceae
Hoary Cress, Lepidium draba, Brassicaceae
Red Clover, Trifolium pratense, Fabaceae
Hedge Bedstraw, Galium mollugo, Rubiaceae
Bugle, Ajuga reptans, Lamiaceae
Cow Parsnip, Heracleum sphondylium, Apiaceae
Dame’s Rocket, Hesperis matronalis, Brassicaceae


Wood Forget-me-Not, Myosotis sylvatica, Boraginaceae

Oxford (1-10)
Hampton Court (11-14)
Regent’s Canal (15-17)
Kew Gardens (18-20)
Chiswick House (21-24)


England 2018, Day 4 – Kew Gardens

In which the Temperate House is reopened after five or so years, and we finally make it over to the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

My adventures in transport getting either or from Kew also continued.    This time, there was a fault on the line after Earl’s Court, so we ended up taking a bus the rest of the way.   I believe I’ve now hit all the possible public transport methods to get there.

The British Museum – London, England














We spent our last full day in London wandering around the British Museum.    This was a strategic decision – we weren’t walking over a wide area, and they do provide regular places to sit down.    Even, so BF tapped out not long after lunch, so K and I ended up heading off for yarn.

The above is a very random assortment of things I find interesting.    Like the storm trooper scarab.     And the Assyrian trees and river (I was pretty much ignoring the armies large enough to destroy all things that were really the point of those carvings.    Can you tell where my interests lie?)

That evening, we went out to St. Albans (about half an hour away by train) to see Ed Byrne, this time an Irish comedian (though he lives in England), but also someone I’d probably not ever be able to see over here.    I actually liked his show better- for reasons I can’t really describe.   It just is was it was.

So that’s pretty much it.     It was a great trip.    I can’t believe I’ve already been back a week.    I want to go back again.

Along the Thames to Greenwich – London, England














On the next day, we learned that we’re apparently only meant to go to Richmond by public transportation once a trip.    We attempted to go to Hampton Court, but nearly were trapped when trying to transfer from the tube to a train.   A tube train had gotten stuck on the track.    (We think it was a symptom of something more severe because the entire station was shut down for an electrical problem the next day.)

So, game time decision, we turned around and did a river cruise down to Greenwich instead.   This was the day I got tan.   In London.   In May.    Wonders never cease.