The wild meadow area behind the Willesden sports centre, which was mowed at the end of last summer, started to grow back a few weeks ago. With the help of Wildflowers of Ireland (I know, this is not Ireland but it's a great book), I have tried to identify some of the wildflowers. Most of the pictures have more than one plant in them as the meadow is very luxuriant but you can assume that I'm referring to the ones with flowers. (O.G.)
|Cowslip. There were many of these on the 1st of May, when this|
was taken. The area where they stood is now overgrown.
The remaining pictures were taken this week between
21st & 23rd of May.
|The solitary pink flower looks like a type Crane's-Bill.|
The spotted trefoil with yellow flowers (bottom right) is Spotted Medick.
|Unknown, 2 metres high|
with white flowers like elder but not.
|A reader suggests this could be Yarrow (see comments).|
|Unknown tiny pink flower, possibly one of the types of Crane's-Bill|
|A better view of the Common Vetch's almost orchid-like flower|
|Black Medick (trefoil with yellow flowers)|
Ribwort Plaintain (pointed sword-like leaves and tall drooping stalks)
|White umbrels in front: Cow Parsley|
Mottled red tall stems: Common Sorrel
Blue tinges in the background: Green Alkanet
White umbrels near the back: Cow Parsley
|Another view of the beautiful Sorrel|
|View of the second of four main parts of the wild meadow area.|
The third part is behind the camera.
The trees are Silver Birch.
|Poppies. This is an old picture from the same area, 18 August 2007.|
That was before the meadow area was created (planted?).
I will try and identify the yellow flower behind them now.
Update: Is it Meadow Vetchling? Not sure.