Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #221 – Flower Favourites and Why

So this week Ann-Christine has set me an impossible task – choose my favourite flowers. I have tried to narrow it down by only including native Irish wildflowers. The why is simple – they are beautiful and they support so much life. It’s a selection of some of my favourites.

First spring flowers – celandine one of the first to show itself; dandelions are just little pots of sunshine loved by pollinators; wood sorrel is so delicate and cuckoo flower so dainty.

If I had to choose one spring flower it would be wild primroses, for the colour and smell, the essence of spring.


Then comes summer. Harebells, for the name and the delicate shade of blue; ox eye daisies as they are big, bright and happy flowers and sea thrift because it appears to grow from rocks.

And if I had to choose a favourite I would cheat and choose a whole flowering meadow.

Wildflower in a machair meadow

Late summer and early autumn, there is perennial sow thistles (here with woundwort another lovely pant) and the latest flowering of our wildflowers, devils bits scabious – loved by pollinators.

A big thank you to Ann-Christine for reminding me of the beauties of spring and summer on this dark October day.


26 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #221 – Flower Favourites and Why

      1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

        Wood sorrel, as it’s name suggests, does like wooded areas but will grow in some hedgerows too. Cuckoo flower is also called Lady’s smock – and it likes meadows

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  1. Leya

    So many beautiful Irish flowers, Karina! Many of them we have in Sweden too, wild flowers are the loveliest of lovely. And, I know you care much for the pollinators, just like I do! Sea thrift grow abundantly at our summer house, and I think they are neglected beauties here. Glad you featured them. Many butterflies like them too. Most of all I love your wildflower meadow – that is summer for me. ♥

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  2. Toonsarah

    Lovely to see the spring flowers in particular – something to look forward to as we ease into winter 🙂 I agree with your about primroses, although I have a soft spot for celandines too, perhaps because they arrive so early.

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