I am continuing with my cycle training this month, but am paying as much interest to the wildflowers by the side of the road.
A field of wildflowers near Charlbury.
I caught a glimpse of this field through a gap in the hedge.
This is the view from the road – it doesn’t look too much, but a bit closer and there was a wonderful assortment of deep yellows and blues, which have a pleasing contrast.
The field is managed by Blenheim Palace estate. I can only imagine it was a conscious effort to grow a wildlife meadow. They have done a great job, and it was a bonus being so unexpected in the middle of arable, one crop farming.
Wildflowers by the roadside edge
Numerous times you drive along roads getting a quick view of the verges. At speed, they don’t catch the eye like some more formal garden displays. But, I love the simplicity and naturalness of the way the flowers poke through the grass. Although, they are not the most exciting floral displays, there is a tremendous variety at different stages of the road. There was one busy road with great displays, though it was too busy to stop. This is on a minor road and quite quiet.
This is a Thistle, looking in great shape.
Mostly purples with odd yellow.
The thin strips of roadside verges are an important wildlife haven around the vast expanse of farmland.
A lone red poppy. I wonder if it was the intention to have more red poppies – it would have been the three primary colours of red, yellow and blue.
Large drifts of flowers. I’ve never seen a meadow quite like this.
Red letterbox looking resplendent against the darkening clouds.
This is one of the best maintained letterbox I’ve seen. I carried a card from Oxford for 15 miles, assuming I must come across a letterbox by the side of road at some point, but it took me 15 miles to come across this. I was so impressed, I took a photo.
Bindwind – the bane of gardeners, but great flower.
Wildflowers from Aston Rowant. (previous day)