There’s a new crop of Cornish wildflowers springing to life in August.
The seed heads of wild carrot – Daucus carota are truly beautiful. The flowers gradually fold inwards after flowering creating a tightly woven birds-nest effect. This plant is a cousin of the popular Ammi Majus – which has often adorned RHS show gardens. They look very similar, but Ammi Majus is more delicate and probably fits better into a garden border.
Common Fleabane –Pulicaria dysenterica has just started to burst out all over the Camel Trail. Hang a bunch up and it’s supposed to drive fleas out of the house – interesting – could save on the use of Frontline?
Hemp agrimony – Great for attracting butterflies. It will soon break into frothy clusters of light pink flowers – which gives it it’s common name of raspberries-and-cream. You can see it’s related to Eupatorium maculatum – a statuesque perennial growing up to 2m, which is great for adding height to a damp border.
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