30 Days Wild – Day 3 – Riverbank Flowers

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_03Today, it’s photos from a riverbank. I know, it feels like a cop-out. I promise this little project will pick up from Sunday…

It’s all too easy to go looking for wild spaces then focus on the birds and mammals, or the insects. The animals in other words. But that does a dis-service to the botany, the various plants that are the foundation of any natural environment.

Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium

Plants fix energy from the sun, and in doing so form the root of any food chain/web. No plants, no insects, no birds, no mammals.

Russian Comfrey

Russian Comfrey

Our local riverbank is currently dominated, at least in terms of flowers, by two things. Wild Geraniums (or Cranes-bill), and Russian Comfrey.

Cow Parsley and Russian Comfrey

Cow Parsley and Russian Comfrey

There are also plenty of nettles, grasses, and a goodly amount of Cow Parsley.

Russian Comfrey

Russian Comfrey

Cow Parsley

Cow Parsley

Incidentally, I plant some of these wild species in my own garden, because it’s great for pollinators and the equal of any showy plant from a garden centre! For instance, here are more wild geraniums:

Wild Geranium backed by Allium and Sedum

Wild Geranium backed by Allium and Sedum


As a bonus to end the post, because they were sat wondering why I was photographing flowers, here are a couple of Goldfinches stocking up for the evening:

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4 Responses to 30 Days Wild – Day 3 – Riverbank Flowers

  1. Lovely pictures. Thanks for the ID of the cow parsley. I was in a park yesterday and didn’t know what the tall white plants were. Now I know! 🙂

  2. betty says:

    cow parsley is so beautiful, I hadn’t thought of growing it in my own garden, good idea! your pictures are great.

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