Gardens and countryside can sometimes look a bit drab in winter but if you look hard enough, wild flowers are still providing a bit of interest.

Your camera helps you find winter wild flowers

I’m no photographer.  But from time to time, I do have a spell of going out with my camera to capture what’s happening in the world around me.  I find, that even on a cold day I’m more likely to stop and take note of small details than I do without the camera.

Here are some photos taken on recent dog walks and in my back garden mini-meadow.  See – things are not as dull as they first seem.  If I hadn’t have been in picture taking mode – I never would have spotted some of these lovelies.

As a beekeeper this is one of my favourite winter flowers.  It’s not scented and it doesn’t stand out from the crowd but it’s a valuable source of pollen and nectar when everything else is dormant.  What is it?  It’s ivy.

This is the seed heads of Greater Mullein.  In summer it forms a spike of yellow flowers that are beloved of bees.  In winter, the architectural seedheads stand tall.  I like to see them on frosty mornings when there are often cobwebs strung between them.

This is growing in the Meadowmat at the bottom of my garden.  Red clover.  A common plant in lawns, pastures, road verges etc.  I just loved the way the water is sitting on the leaves.  Quite enthralled how hairy the leaves are too.

What a lucky find on a january day.  Such a joy to see primroses flowering so early in the year. 

Good old knapweed.  Bees love it, Butterflies love it.  Therefore I love it.  In medieval times it was called knobweed because of its nobbly seedheads.  Such a resiliant plant.  It’s great.

Finally: you don’t always need to see flowers or seedheads to know what a plant is.  This leaf is from the yarrow plant.  The scientific name for this wildflower is achillea millefolium.   Achillea because the plant is used in traditional medicine to treat tendon problems.  Millefolium? well, folium means leaves, mille means thousand.  Each leaf looks as though it is made of a thousand tiny leaves. 

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