During the week…

I spotted these tiny flowers on one of the untended plots and wondered what they were so I put this photo on Twitter and asked if anyone knew.  Almost immediately I started getting responses and learnt that they’re the wild flower Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis), which I see is listed in the Chiltern Seeds catalogue.

One tweeter, Alison, also mentioned that there is a much rarer blue form (ssp. arvensis azurea) and she has kindly sent me some seeds of this one.

If you’re interested in discovering and buying perennial vegetable plants then do take a look at Alison’s website The Backyard Larder.

It’s been very unsettled weather the past couple of days with plenty of rain so I’ve not been to the plot.  If I had the pot marigolds would certainly have cheered me up.

Take care, and have a good week!

Author: Flighty

...allotmenteer, armchair gardener, blogger and sofa flying book buff.

16 thoughts on “During the week…”

  1. The scarlet pimpernel are lovely. I’ve been enjoying counting the number of wild flower species in a tiny patch of grass in the middle of a very suburban (concrete) landscape on my dog walks. At least 8-9 different flowers I think, it’s wonderful, and some of them very small. Some very heavy showers here this week. The pond is pretty much full now though, which is good. CJ xx


    1. CJ they sure are. That sounds like a good idea, and fun to do. It’s been the same here, and again today. That shows how much rain there’s been! xx


  2. I wouldn’t have known they were scarlet pimpernel, how pretty. The storms we were forecast haven’t materialised but we’ve been having showers over the last few days.


    1. I think, not absolutely sure, I have seen the blue Pimpernels in woodland and at the grassy edges leading to woods. The flowers are awfully pretty.

      The Marigolds are very cheery, good to see. When my garden settles I intend to re-introduce them either in my wee bits of soil, or in troughs,or large pots. Yours will smile for you when you meet up with them again.


  3. How pretty the scarlet pimpernel are. I press flowers and find wild flowers particularly good for this purpose as they are generally small in size and fit well into small designs.
    I have pot marigolds in bloom in my garden this year and they make me think of you and Flighty’s favourites!


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