This bright pink flower seeded itself in the gravel around our house in Connemara Co Galway. Its small flowers are a vivid pink with yellow centres, but they only open when the sun shines. Luckily we’ve had plenty of sunshine this summer. I have also seen Common Centaury growing on the grassy sand-dunes behind some of our Connemara beaches.
Square-stalked St. John’s-wort grows happily in the damp roadside ditches near my home in Moyard, Connemara. The plant, with its pretty yellow flowers has a long history in herbal medicine, being used to treat depression. In Ireland, it is available only with a doctor’s prescription as it does have possible side effects.