The Ghyll flora in June is a delight. Frothy white cow-parsley spills down the bank to meet white ox-eye daisies and red campion which flowered in late May. Now in fine and dry June weather plants grow tall and sorrel is seeding and wafts in the breeze. White campion appears and achillea ptarmica or yarrow. Long-stalked cranesbill, Geranium columbine, is flicked in and out of camera shot and long green buds open to a starry green calyx with petals in purple-pink. Long-stalked cranesbill is a less familiar geranium and I hope it spreads beyond the small patch showing this year.
The introduced flowers are different from the previous flora in The Ghyll. It’s a zone where garden flowers, like the daffodils planted here, mingle with wild flowers. It looks lovely so I hope all flourishes and thrives. This location is just off the Brigsteer Road with its mature trees festooned in ivy where I hear nuthatch and great-spotted woodpecker this morning.