Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Weeds and Wildflowers


On the edge of Ashbourne is a bench with a view. T had taken me for a drive in the new car (much excitement given that we'd been without wheels since last May since T has a 90 second walk to work) and while we were wending our way down the country lanes we came across a truly beautiful spot to take a beat and literally smell the flowers. Wildflowers and pretty weeds make me incredibly happy, while I like roses and carefully selected blooms in a bouquet, nothing beats blousy posies picked in a pretty spot for me. Lazy summer bike rides and picnics spent making daisy chains and propping flowers in my hair left a lasting impression! Buttercups, Cow Parsley, heads of Elderflower, purple-hued grasses and some purply pink lovelies I don't know the name of; a happy half hour spent shooting the gusty breeze and enjoying the view. It was only when we stood up from the ideally placed perch that we noticed the bench is dedicated to Colin and Mavis Jones by their children. That warmed my heart.

Once we were home I turned the pretties we had picked into a florists nightmare; completely un-manicured and haphazardly placed into the vase, but that is the way I like them. Long live buttercups!

29 comments:

  1. Beautiful. There's something much more special about flowers growing wild than a perfectly styled bouquet.

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  2. hadn't thought of wild flowers in this way before but your vase full are just lovely and the non-neatness is lovely as well! such gorgeous photos, Jem. Frequently fancy just falling into one of your blog posts like alice into wonderland!!! x

    p.s a picture of you too! are you feeling alright??!!? :-P you look so pretty and happy - well the bit we can see anyway!

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  3. Your flowers are so beautiful :) sounds like a lovely place to sit and enjoy the view on this bench.

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

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  4. I like your vase of wild flowers..very pretty! Looks like a lovely and relaxing area to visit and pick buttercups :)
    Magie x

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  5. Wow that is quite a view, it looks like an Painting!

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  6. I've always thought real beauty comes naturally, and I love the idea of wild flowers, your little arangement is beautiful Jem xxx

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  7. What an absolutely stunning view! And I do love a posy of wildflowers, although I usually get presented with wilting dandelions from the lawn ;-)

    xx

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  8. Gorgeous, I haven’t seen a buttercup in ages.

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  9. Beautiful views ... and just the way I love my flowers. M x

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  10. Aw that plaque on the bench made me sniffle a little. I hope if me and Joe have children they might dedicate something like that to us.

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  11. Lovely, I like your definition of Wildflowers. Had heard that weeds are just plants that grow in the wrong place. Lovely views over Derbyshire - we live in the South of Sheffield and try and get out to Derbyshire whenever we can. :O)

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  12. Gorgeous photos! My favorite is the one of the field. :) Gotta love relaxing and enjoying God's creation!

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  13. The bench pictured warmed my heart as well :)
    I love wild flowers as well. They're so happy and pretty and they're in quite difficult places to approach at times, but still they're worth it. They make me smile with their beauty! Also, I believe these are more beautiful than the polished and elegant flowers in vases.
    Have a happy day and thanks for sharing these pretties!
    x

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  14. wow. What a pretty place! I wish we had lovely places to get wildflowers here in Illinois. It's pretty much flatlands full of corn or soy beans. No pretty yellow buttercups or other blooms! I love your little arrangement, too. So gorgeous and free :)

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

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  15. Aw, this is lovely :)
    Danielle x
    daniellecurio.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Such beautiful photos.

    Lovely blog :) xx

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  17. These photos are beautiful! Picking for wildflowers is dreamy <3 <3 there are fields and fields of them ripe for the picking near me :D I always bring unwanted tenants home with me and i have to release them all into the garden >_<

    The view in that third picture is stunning! xxxx

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  18. Wild flowers are the most beautiful flowers on earth <3

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  19. I have always been a fan of wild flowers, they are far more beautiful that ones bought from a florist in my opinion, especially daisy's, buttercups and poppies.

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  20. i love wild flowers, i really love all the poppies that are out over the fields at the moment x

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  21. Such a beautiful array for wildflowers! For me, just the addition of a few poppies would make it perfect, but they don't last....

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  22. A lovely, lovely post - LOVE the photos.

    The inscription on the bench made me smile.

    When I'm really busy and my inbox is full of alerts to new blog posts I have to delete lots, but never yours, I always grab a few moments to slip over here to admire your photographs of fabulous finds and inspirations.

    @theWriteRach x

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  23. beautiful photographs !
    i love picking wildflowers in summer, its so nice :)
    Rosie xo
    A Pocketful of Rosie

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  24. Beautiful! The photographs are really stunning :) Glad I found your blog today! Will be following for sure!

    Jen
    http://drawingsunderthetable.blogspot.ca/

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  25. Ah....so sweet. The bench is just darling. There's nothing like flowers, just can't get enough flowers.

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  26. Jem, your wildflowers are so pretty. Isn't it nice how memories can live on in the simplest of ways. I would my memory surrounded in such natural beauty! Happy weekend and happy treasure hunting! X

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  27. such a cute blog love it
    http://kemples.blogspot.co.uk/

    A x

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  28. this was such a lovely post to read and your photographs are so beautiful :)xo

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  29. I love wild and carefree flower arrangements! I have a vase full of happy sunflowers right now.
    Buttercups make me smile everytime, too. :)

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