Welsh Wild Flowers. Beauty of Wales, Purple Pink and Yellow and Blue Wild Flowers and Orchids!

Beautiful Wales

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Cliff top view from the Pembrokeshire Coastal WalkBluebells showing a rare albino specimenHedgerows white with frothy scented May blossomDelicate blue ScabiousA flash of golden Gorse on the Presceli hills, where the Stone Henge Bluestones originated.Wood Sage and pink Bell HeatherStately FoxglovePink Campion
Cliff top view from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Walk
Cliff top view from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Walk | Source
Bluebells showing a rare albino specimen
Bluebells showing a rare albino specimen | Source
Hedgerows white with frothy scented May blossom
Hedgerows white with frothy scented May blossom | Source
Delicate blue Scabious
Delicate blue Scabious | Source
A flash of golden Gorse on the Presceli hills, where the Stone Henge Bluestones originated.
A flash of golden Gorse on the Presceli hills, where the Stone Henge Bluestones originated. | Source
Wood Sage and pink Bell Heather
Wood Sage and pink Bell Heather
Stately Foxglove
Stately Foxglove | Source
Pink Campion
Pink Campion | Source

Floral Delights

The Principality of Wales is a small country but within its borders there are many types of habitat. These range from salt flats and dunes to mountains and meadows. Thus the flora is very varied and further differences are seen according to the seasons.

The westerly winds from the Irish Sea sweep the country and bring much rain so that meadows are lush and verdant. The Springtime hedgerows are decked with delicate flowers in soft colors. The soft lilac Cuckoo flower or Ladies Smock, which like the Cuckoo appears in Aprii

"The Cuckoo comes in April, it sings its song in May,

in the middle of June it changes its tune and in July it flies away"

(The cuckoo is that dastardly bird that lays its egg in the nests of unsuspecting song birds. When the chick hatches, it heaves out the other chicks and leaves the parent bird with the much larger cuckoo baby to rear.)

The Lesser Celandine with its cheerful, glossy yellow flowers early in Spring much more brash and shiny than the other yellow flower, the primrose. Tiny purple Violets nestle in the hedgerows too. By May, the pretty red Campion appears at the same time as the Bluebell. Although the Bluebell sprinkles the hedgerows, it comes into its full glory in the broad leaf woods such as the Beech. It appears in such density that the woodland floors look bright blue and their beautiful scent fills the air. Sweet Anemone, wild Garlic and the odd looking green Dog's Mercury pepper the woodland floor.

As June approaches the lanes are festooned with Queen Anne's lace so that the hedgerows are quite white. The hedgerows are also densely white with May blossom of the Hawthorn tree, One could almost imagine the trees are preparing for a wedding. Red Valerian renowned for keeping witches away grows strongly on stiff stems alongside walls and is used in folk medicine. By mid summer the sweet scented Broom and similar looking Gorse are showing fiercely yellow on the mountain sides and banks. High on the boggy mountain sides the carnivorous Fly Catcher may sometimes be spotted. Penny-wort grows on the stone walls in plenty. Pretty little pink Orchids can also be spotted growing on the sheltered hillsides and in the long grass of hay fields and neglected grass land alongside the tart red Sorrel, festooned with tiny red disc like seeds

On the watery salt flats, Sea thrift and Rushes appear. The well known Reed mace (mistakenly called Bull Rush) and the beautiful pink Flowering Rush grow in abundance alongside stately Purple Loose strife. Sea Samphire grows on the beach amongst the pebbles and sea Convolvulus twines its pink flowers clutching the Marram Grass that strives to hold the shifting dunes together as best it can.

In July the Biiberries flower, their insignificant bell like flowers which soon turn into tasty little berries on short bushes wherever the soil is peaty and acid. The Blackberry flower is pink and delicate followed by the luscious, juicy Blackberries, usually in amazing abundance, It grows every where, and it could be claimed that it is a pernicious weed if it were not for its copious harvest of tasty berries. Another hedgerow flower is the sweet Honeysuckle that decks the country lanes giving the air a heavy sweet scent.

This is just an overview of the delights that Wales has to offer. It is not meant to be a Botanica but just an insight into its delights.

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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

Wales is starting to sound very attractive.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

It is!!! Come check it out. I can provide affordable accomodation


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Wanderlust 7 years ago from New York City

Beautiful country! Know England very well but never been to Wales, have to visit!


IĆ°unn 7 years ago

this is lovely and you wrote about it beautifully. I especially loved the picture of the huge green field with the little white cottage. stunning hub. I shall see I am going to have to check out all your wonderful wales hubs~


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Wanderlust, hope you get to check out Wales next time you are over.


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Not Telling 7 years ago from Eastern Nowhere

I have always coveted the knowledge of wildflowers and their names. Thanks for these. Many British authors I've read include somewhere in their work a description of the beautiful wildflowers of that island somewhere in their work. Personally I love the colorful perfect disorder of wildflowers.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Not Telling, yes British wild flowers are soft and wonderful because of the abundant rain that it is blessed with. The sight and scent of a bluebell wood in May is a wonder to behold. Thanks for stopping by.


llanishen 7 years ago

Wales is such a nice place.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi LLanishen, it is the best!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Gypsy Willow, I loved the photos and the flowers and the imagery you presented in your hub. Maybe someday I'd get to visit Wales...will your offer of accomodation still stand? LOL Have a beautiful day! :)


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi RM thanks for dropping by. Hope you get to visit one day. Let me know when you're over!


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reddog1027 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I felt as if I was walking in Wales.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

That is a lovel comment reddog1027, so pleased you stopped by!


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ugina 6 years ago from Bhutan

Beautiful indeed. Wales must be a paradise. Check out the flowers of Bhutan hub i have written. I think flowers are beautiful everywhere.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi ugina, thanks for dropping by. Wales i a paradise if a little wet! I shall certainly check out your hub.


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Fantastic hub glad I came upon it. Flowers in their natural haunts are beautiful. Being from Lancashire Wales is easily reached and I have enjoyed many visits. Your photographs are a credit to you and Wales.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks for your very kind comment D.A.L. Flowers and beautiful ponies are the jewels of Wales (and perhaps its numerous Castles). Lucky you being so close!


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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

Wow! thank you for taking me back to my ancestor's homeland. I love flowers and that yellow one is so beautiful.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks for coming by Lady Guinevere, your ancestors' country is so beautiful, the flowers especially so.


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lex123 6 years ago

Recently I had visited Wales and I liked the place. Beautiful flowers!


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Glad you got to see them in person lex123. Thanks for stopping by.


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barryrutherford 5 years ago from Queensland Australia

Flowers yes English flowers are another unique thing I miss...


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas

How very beautiful the pictures are - you are very fortunate to have lived in such a lovely land - B.


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Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

I am indeed fortunate to live in such a beautiful country. Wales is the most beautiful country in the world in my eyes. Thank you for your visit Billip.

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