I know, I’m a little late once again for these flowers, but you would be surprised at what gets pushed back and back when you have lots more good ideas. Anyway, here we are: July Flowers from Enid Blyton’s Nature Lovers Book.
Note from the Author:
Many of the flowers quoted this month may also be found in June, and most of the June Flowers may also be found this month.
- Yellow Bedstraw: The Yellow Bedstraw carpets banks and field corners with its golden flowers all the summer. The tiny flowers grow in pretty clusters up the rather weak stem. Look for the white bedstraw as well.
- Heather or Ling: There is no need to describe the heather or ling that covers miles of common and moorland now with it’s rosy-purple bells. Notice the woody stem, and the tiny, narrow leaves, tightly pressed against it.
- Bell Heather: You will often finr this blossoming before the ling, and you will know it by its crimson bells which are larger, deeper in colour, and more rounded than those of the ling.
- Honeysuckle: Everyone knows this fragrant flower also. It often grows in our gardens, and can be found wild on the hedges, and in thickets, all of the summer. Notice the honeysuckle’s curiously shaped flowers- they are like clusters of long trumpets, opening out into unequal lips. They are yellow-pink in colour and smell delicious. Look for the deep-red berries later. Notice the blue-green leaves, oval-shaped, growing in pairs. See also the tough woody steam that twists itself around other plants in order to climb upwards.
- Bramble or Blackberry: Most children know the pink or white blackberry flowers, that come before the berries they like so much. Notice the prickly stems of the bramble, thrown into big curving sprays. Leaflets in groups of three or five grow along the stem, and they too have prickles on their under surface.
- Herb Robert: This flower is a little like its cousin, the dove’s foot crane’s-bill. The five-petalled pink flowers grow in pairs. It has the same beak-like seed-vessels. The leaves are shaped like a small hand, cut up into fingers. They turn a beautiful red.
- Bird’s Foot Terfoil: The pretty bird’s foot trefoil, with its golden clusters of sweet-pea-shapred flowers can be found anywhere. Notice the red streaks in the flowers, and later on see the claw-like cluster of pods that look strangely like a bird’s foot. Notice the leave– “trefoil” or tree-leaved is not really a very good name for this flower, as the leaflets are in fives, though two of them are some way from the group of three.
- Silverweed: Look for this plant in meadows, and on ditch-banks. The flowers have five golden petals, opening out flat. Notice the leaves, which give the flower its name- they grow in pairs, and are dark green above, and silvery below.
- Cinquefoil: You will think this flower is very like the silverweed. It has five golden yellow petals, smaller than those of the silverweed. Notice the creeping stalks of the cinquefoil. The plant gets its name from the pretty leaves, which are cut up into five saw-edged leaflets- five- leafed, or cinque (five) foil (leaf).
- Rosebay Willow-Herb, or Fireweed: You will find this flower growing in tall masses in open woods and copses. The spires are a lovely rosy purple, and the flowers open from the bottom upwards. The leaves are lance shaped.
- Enchanter’s Nightshade or Bittersweet: This is a common plant in the hedges now. The purple and yellow flowers will remind you of the potato flower in your kitchen garden. Notice the yellow stamens in the centre if the flower. The leaves are divided into three lobes. Notice the read egg-shaped berries later.
So there are your July flowers! Sorry they were so late, but happy hunting all!