Wild flower foregrounds

DAY 31 (6 MAY) – Alkanet (pentaglottis sempervirens) (Crondall)

The view from almost any country lane in Hampshire is a horizon of trees and a farmhouse, a field gently sloping towards you and a foreground of jumbled wild flowers.

Here some rapeseed has blown in to blend with the evergreen alkanet, a member of the forget-me-knot family. It was brought to England in the Middle Ages for the red dye yielded by its roots.

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