#30DaysWild – Day 1 – Speedwells

Germander Speedwell

Germander Speedwell – Veronica chamaedrys

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_01This morning I went through some photos I took over the weekend and looked up the names of the wildflowers. The blue flower in the main image I recognised as a Speedwell, but the other two I was uncertain about. Even though they all look remarkably like Speedwells, I couldn’t be certain about the upright specimen because I’ve always associated Speedwells with a low-lying creeping disposition. Add variations in colour within the same variety and it all became rather confusing.

Heath Speedwell

Heath Speedwell – Veronica officinalis

Heath Speedwell

Heath Speedwell

The first ones that caught my eye were the Heath Speedwells, growing in great swathes and forming a purple carpet across the field. Some were very purple while others were much paler as if they’d been bleached a shade lighter. All Speedwells are tiny plants with blooms no more than 1 cm across and these stood no higher than my camera at around 8cm. I’d rested my camera on the grass so that will give you some idea of how small these delightful wildflowers are. Heath Speedwell – Veronica officinalis

 

Germander Speedwell

Germander Speedwell

Sitting on drizzle dampened ground taking photos I noticed that they weren’t all the same, which is when I recognised the more usual Germander Speedwell (main photo) and here with a bug (yet to be identified!) taking a rest and drinking nectar.

Germander Speedwell – Veronica chamaedrys

Thyme-leaved Speedwell

Thyme-leaved Speedwell

The last ones I found were an absolute treat because I’d never come across a white Speedwell before. They’re so small I’d probably failed to notice them hiding in the grass. This is Thyme-leaved Speedwell with blooms barely 8mm across and the prettiest little wildflower you’ll ever see. I’m really hoping to see some more on a brighter day when grey clouds aren’t gathering overhead. The insects living on this one are easily identified as aphids and if you know how tiny an aphid is you’ll have a good idea how small and delicate the plant is.

Thyme-leaved Speedwell – Veronica serpyllifolia

You won’t believe that I found all three varieties on a local playing field. I was going to grab a snap of the whole field, but this is England, and this was a Bank Holiday Monday, so of course, the rain came tumbling down. Going wild is one thing, getting wet is something else!

Which Speedwell is your favourite?

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