Simple Wild Flowers


Thursday 17 April, 2014 by Uncle Spike

It’s time to cut the weeds/grass very soon before snake season starts. Keep the undergrowth at bay and the slithering friends tend to keep away from the house. Just walking around the farm with my camera today…












And even this lovely little blue flower growing among the beetroot 🙂



14 thoughts on “Simple Wild Flowers

  1. John says:

    Spike, your weeds with the pink/purple flowers appear to be Red Stem Filaree, native to the Mediterranean, and the best cattle feed we in California could ask for. It’s hearty and resilient, turning red and purple during dry times to come back to life after a rain. Its seed that pops out of the long needles when they dry is shaped like a screw with a paddle that the wind turns into the earth. Truly amazing, but what can be good feed for livestock on one side of the fence, is usually a weed on the other. Good luck and Happy Weeding!


  2. Weed eating is necessary but I am also reluctant to start as so many weeds are gorgeous.
    But the snakes are a threat here too and we need to start going.
    Good luck with the job which is not fun and thank you again for the gorgeous wild flowers.


  3. lulu says:

    Isn’t it wonderful all the things that grow in nature, invited or uninvited?


  4. Amy Pinkrose says:

    Nice shot, Spikey. Simple little wild flowers are sometimes the most heart stirring. xx Amy


  5. AnnetteM says:

    I had to magnify the picture to see that little blue flower! I thought it was going to be another of your ‘Guess What?’ posts!


  6. Mjollnir says:

    What kind of snakes do you get there Spike? Any photos would be appreciated 😀


    • Uncle Spike says:

      Stupid I may be at times; brave is another matter


    • Uncle Spike says:

      No idea on names, but we get small vipers around 1m long and black or green grass snakes at around 2m


      • Mjollnir says:

        Right ye are Braveheart! Hahahaha. Vipers I would avoid, but the grass snakes are harmless 😀


        • Uncle Spike says:

          The vipers can often be found first thing in the morning on the dry earth of the orchard, often near a rock which probably has residual heat after the long hot day. They are skinny (1-1.5cm girth) and 80-100cm long, grey zigzag pattern and thankfully hiss like mad if you go within 2 metres. Suits me.

          The grass snakes (presume that’s what they are) often cross the road in front of the car where we have woodland an fields on all sides. They can almost cover the entire width of the road (single lane) and some are almost black, no pattern, and a girth of 3-5cm I guess


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