The weekend has just flown by yet again and it’s Monday morning already! It was my Mum’s birthday yesterday so we went out for the afternoon to have some tea and cake before going off on a long walk around the Mottisfont estate. We’ve been on this walk last year and had missed the bluebells completely, this time however they were out in force and they looked absolutely beautiful!
There were two wooded areas that we had to walk through and the floors were simply covered with these little bluebells and small white flowers, I just couldn’t resist skipping through them! I just adore wild flowers and this time of year the countryside is brimming with new growth and pretty little flowers growing alongside country lanes. I carefully picked a few to take home (making sure that I left plenty for the wildlife!), I have a few old wild flower books at home and I’m trying to learn the names and the different varieties of the beautiful flowers we have in this country. I was super happy to find some Euphorbia nestled in the woodland, I’m trying to grow this pretty foliage plant from seed at home after seeing it in the Sarah Raven catalogue and it’s made me even more excited to have it growing up the allotment. Amongst the euphorbia I also found some wild buttercups, beaked parsley, yellow archangel and red campion. I also found a huge clearing of wild garlic which I’ve made a note to come back for, I’ve been searching for wild garlic for ages and now I’ve actually found some!
And last but not least I just have to share this beautiful little cottage I found with you all. It’s situated across the road from the back workers entrance to Mottisfont Abbey, I’m guessing the head gardener used to live there back in the day. I could see myself living here, cycling around the country lanes foraging with a basket full of flowers… I can but dream!