Six on Saturday – 1st August 2020

August already! And for this week’s six a slight deviation. Instead of my garden, I thought I’d share some of the lovely native flowers along our bog road, which is a small track just at the end of our own drive.

  1. First one of my favourite late summer flowers – perennial sowthistles. It has been described to me as an Irish sunflower and it certainly fits that description well, as they can be over 1m tall.

2. Mint, Mentha aquatica – one of my favourite smells

3. Next Purple-loosestrife, while native to Ireland this plant has become an invasive species in North America.

4. Greater willowherb , while it can take over does have a pretty flower.

5. Woundwort, as it’s names suggest was used as a herbal medicine to treat wounds. It is thought to have wound healing and antiseptic qualities.

6. And finally common knapweed, a late flowering summer plant loved by bees . Like woundwort it was also use medicinally to treat wounds, bruises, sores, and sore throats.

Thank you to The Propagator for hosting Six on Saturday.

17 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – 1st August 2020

  1. Paddy Tobin

    I love walking in wet land in summer and having the smell of mint from my underfoot trampling. Love the flowers, especially the perennial sowthistle which is so very beautiful

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      The flowers on the rosebay sort of rise to a spike while on the greater willow herb they hangs more uniformly around the stem

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  2. Jim Stephens

    Lovely to be able to see so many lovely wildflowers on a short walk from home. Woundwort is a pretty wildflower, I prefer marsh woundwort to hedge woundwort. I have hedge woundwort as a garden weed and it makes a very poor garden plant. We have flowery lanes in Cornwall but the range of species is somewhat limited and I’d have to go some distance to find all of your six; not sure where I’d find that mint at all.

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  3. Andrea Stephenson

    We have lots of greater willowherb blooming at the moment – and we have a particularly spectacular sow thistle growing alongside the railings of the children’s play area in the park – it has obviously taken advantage of less weeding and mowing this year!

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