Wildflowers on Heald Brow.

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Meadow Ant mounds on Heald Brow.

The Friday evening of the first May Bank Holiday weekend. TBH and Little S had tootled off to Dublin for their rugby tour. The team had had a surprise good luck message from “you know, that England rugby player, Dylan Thomas”, as TBH put it. Turned out to be Dylan Hartley, which is almost as impressive.

A and B and I were also going away, but A had a DofE training event on the Friday night and Saturday morning, so I decide to take advantage of the good weather we were having and get out for a local ramble.

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The ‘force that drives the green fuse’ had been hard at work and Heald Brow was resplendent with trees bedecked with new-minted leaves and a host of wildflowers.

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Primroses.

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Cowslips.

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Early Purple Orchid.

I walked a small circuit around Heald Brow and stumbled across an area carpeted with Primroses…

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If anything, this is even more impressive than the patch nestled in the limestone pavement at Sharp’s Lot which I am always keen to visit each spring.

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In amongst the standard yellow flowers were some variants…

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In the past, I’ve always assumed that these colourful exceptions were garden escapees, but now I’m wondering whether it was simply mutations like these which led to the selective breeding of the diverse variants which are now available for gardens.

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Bugle.

I dropped down to the salt-marsh.

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Warton Crag.

Which, unfortunately, left me in deep shade for some time.

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Scurvygrass.

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Gorse at Jack Scout.

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A Jack Scout shrub – shaped by the lashings of salty winds off the Bay.

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Sunset from Jack Scout.

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Wildflowers on Heald Brow.

10 thoughts on “Wildflowers on Heald Brow.

  1. I think I have a twin called Anonymous! I do have a friend who commences hiking the Coast to Coast on the 3 June. I hope you can keep some of the sunny weather for her.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      So good, you said it twice! We’re having an unusually prolonged spell of really nice weather – the sun’s shining as I speak. The forecast seems set fair for another week at least. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  2. Oh my goodness. Now I have a mental picture of primroses in my head for when I read all the mentions of them in literature and poetry. So beautiful! The last photo is just exquisite, Mark! Thank you for sharing!

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Sunsets are something of a speciality of the area, I’m glad to say. Primroses are a particular favourite with me.

  3. You certainly know your plants. A nice tour. I’ve noticed any time I buy primulas the colours other than yellow seem to die off after a few years whereas the yellows can be spilt and regrown even after hard winters season after season. Probably more hardy and closer to the wild original.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Yes, I think that you’re right. although we have some of those purple, drumstick primulas and they keep coming true and seem very hardy. I’ve spotted pink and red primroses in so many places now that I’m confident that it must be a genetic variation, perhaps a recessive gene?

  4. Not a bad start to what I’m expecting to be a wonderful BH weekend in the Lakes seeing as I wasn’t there! Who knew that Dylan Thomas was not only still alive but was captaining the England Rugby team rather than his native Welsh one.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Sod’s Law in action! The Dylan Thomas comment was one to savour, but not quite up with my favourite, an Articulate clue: ‘You know, the British tennis player. Has sports clubs I think.’ The answer: David Lloyd George. Or then there was ‘the rare Duke of Ellington butterfly’. She meant Duke of Burgundy. Mind, I’m a fine one to comment: these days I struggle to remember the names of people I know, never mind the names of Celebrities etc.

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