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micearguersmicearguers Posts: 614
No question, just a picture of a Pasque flower observed today. They seem especially pretty this year around here. I love them, as they are native wildflowers in Cambridgeshire and (in this garden at least) that rare type of plant that gently self-seeds rather than the more common rampant and delicate types.


  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,220
    It’s really beautiful and I greatly admire the seed heads as well. 
  • AthelasAthelas Posts: 757
    Fantastic colours @micearguers! I didn’t know they were native wildflowers
  • micearguersmicearguers Posts: 614
    Very true @pitter-patter the seed heads prolong its interest, and the plant doesn't really go over either, it ages gracefully.
  • micearguersmicearguers Posts: 614
    @Athelas I just read The pretty-in-purple Pasqueflower is now a rare plant in the UK, restricted to just a few chalk and limestone grasslands (the wildlife trust). I didn't know it was so rare, a week ago we heard about a hillside covered in them.
    This one I bought long ago in a nursery, I don't know if it is a named variety. The colour seems to be the species colour. Over the life time of the flower the colour washes out gradually until it's what I would call a faint lilac-pink.
  • didywdidyw Posts: 2,930
    I posted in another thread yesterday that I had been stroking the stems of my pulsatillas.  It's a lovely sensory experience as they are so soft.  I think both the purple ones and the white ones are just lovely.
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,913
    You obviously don’t have pheasants in your part of the world. I have to grow them under a strong metal cage (très chic) otherwise they end up as a mass of discarded bundles of fluff before the buds have even opened.😡
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,053
    Beautiful photo, micearguers. I love them too, I have a few of the species type, bought on impulse a couple of years ago from a pile of remaindered perennials. Your ‘ageing gracefully’ description is spot on. Mine have finished flowering now but still lovely fluffy things with their jaunty seed heads. I wish I had bought all of them, haven’t seen them here since.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,173
    Evening All,

    I have Alba and Rubra here ..... both are lovely. 
    We also have lots of pheasants .... but so far they have left these alone.

    The same can't be said of the snake's head fritillaries. Every flower bud nipped off 
    Morticia Addams style  

    Bee x
    Gardener and beekeeper in beautiful Scottish Borders  

    A single bee creates just one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,913
    Ah yes, the fritillaries too. 😑
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
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