May 292015
 

Kidney Vetch Wild Flower

I was back in Rosadillisk yesterday for the first time in two weeks, and the summer growth has finally taken off. This beautiful stretch of coast is home to a wonderful array of wild flowers. The latest to come into bloom is the kidney vetch, whose yellow flowers are attached to unusual fluffy structures, for all the world like cotton-wool balls! There are clumps of these clinging to the cliff-edge where they must be able to survive regular drenching with salty water.

May 272015
 

Heath Speedwell Veronica officinalis wildflower, flower, Connemara, Ireland, Galway, Britain, Irish, British,This lovely little  pale lilac flower is growing in clumps on top of the dry-stone walls along our lane. It is another one to add to the bewildering number of speedwells that grow here in the West of Ireland.

 

May 272015
 

Lesser Spearwort Ranunculus flammula wildflower, flower, Connemara, Ireland, Galway, Britain, Irish, British, I came across this buttercup-like flower growing by the edge of Garraunbaun Lake in Moyard. After a bit of research I have decide that it is the lesser Spearwort. Its reddish stems distinguish it from the buttercups, and the unopened flowers have a distinctive shape. Apparently the plant is poisonous.

Lesser Spearwort Ranunculus flammula wildflower, flower, Connemara, Ireland, Galway, Britain, Irish, British,

May 252015
 

Hawthorn, Whitethorn, May treeIn May and early June, the hedgerows throughout Ireland are brightened by the prolific white flowers of the Hawthorn trees, also known as Whitethorn and the May Tree. The hawthorn tree is very important in Irish folklore. At the festival of Bealtaine (Mayday), people would tie rags or strips of coloured cloth to a “rag tree” to grant a wish. Most of these special Hawthorn trees are beside holy wells, although there is an example on the Killary Harbour close to Leenane that is not associated with any well. The Tree Council of Ireland has a database of heritage trees which lists the trees of religious significance around Ireland.

hawthorn tree

 

 

May 232015
 

Cowslip Primula veris, wildflower, flower, Connemara, Ireland, Galway, Britain, Irish, British,I have fond memories of cowslips from my childhood in County Dublin, when the fields near my home were carpeted in yellow during May, and we used to put bunches of them in jam-jars. In recent years they have become very rare, due to over-picking and changing agricultural practices. I was delighted to see a field full of them once again, in the Aughris peninsula in Cleggan, where I took these photographs. they also grow wild on Omey Island nearby.

cowslips wild flower in Connemara, Galway, Ireland and Britain