THE GREAT CHILTERNS ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW
The other evening some friends brought a wonderful posy of flowers collected from the local playing field.
|The language of the Chiltern Landscape|
In April and May The Chilterns is a Flower Show of some 300 square miles.
On the downlands we have grasses and an abundance of herbs: horseshoe vetch, rockrose and dwarf thistle as well as scarce plants like Bastard toadflax and Chalk Milkwort.
In fields there is Eyebright, Wild strawberry and the rare Candytuft, and where grazing is less intense Sheep's fescue and broad-leaved herbs including rockrose, Purging flax, Salad burnet, Dropwort, Ploughman's spikenard, clustered bellflower and wild thyme.
Look carefully for Chiltern gentian with its bright purple petals, prettiest of the gentians and rarest in the UK. And along our lanes and hedge banks often support species such as spindle, dogwood, wild privet, hazel and field maple.
The language of flowers is the language of our landscape in the Chilterns.