July and August are wonderful months to get out and about with the kids and explore our wild flowers, which can be found in every hedgerow and meadow right now. We have a meadow at the front of our house and it is full of wild flowers and interesting grasses. It’s a wonderland for our four year old, who has his own little path right around and as he makes his way; you can barely see the top of his head bopping along behind the grass.
I did a little tour myself the other night, when the kids were in bed…nice to explore by yourself too! There were just loads of gorgeous flowers, all shapes, sizes and colours. You really have to get up close to see how beautiful they are. It’s going to be sunny again this weekend, so why don’t you take the kids and have a stroll and try to find some of the ones, which I photographed the other night.
If you are interested in finding out more about wild flowers or are trying to name the ones you have found, visit the websites of Irish Wild Flowers and Wild Flowers of Ireland. For further reading, Wild Flowers of Britian and Ireland by Marjorie Blamey, Richard Fitter and Alastair Fitter, with detailed botanical illustrations, is a useful resource guide. The Wild Flowers of Ireland by Declan Doogue and Carsten Krieger, is packed with information and wonderful photographic images. The book, structured according to plant habitats, will take you to roadsides, parks, rivers, lakes, bogs, to name a few. An excellent guide for those travelling and walking through the Irish Countryside.