May wildflowers




I came home from Poland to a few days of lovely weather, which even saw me having breakfast in the garden one morning.  The clouds are back now but I just made it to the cliff tops at Seaham in time to catch a few wild orchids to add to Jude’s collection of Wildflowers.


  1. Hi Jo – I know I left a comment here – but it is gone – and this keeps happening to me on some blogs – anyhow, now that I know – I am double checking a few – and I just wanted to say that your wildflowers are wonderful – and breakfast in the garden sounds pretty amazing….

    1. The sun is just trying to find the sky, Yvette, so I might be tempted in a little while. 🙂 Sorry about the comment. I do check Spam fairly often and I think I’ve found you in there before. Meg keeps finding me ‘unfollowed’ so I think WP has it’s own little mischief fairy. 🙂 Sending hugs!

      1. yes, I also was not following you – and who knows…. I also lost replies to people on my own blog – but I do think they were having issues with their desktop app – not sure if you use it – but that might have been the issue for me.

        glad the sun is coming to greet you… 🙂

    1. Did you see Becky’s totally amazing collection in the Algarve? You would be impressed! The cowslips were thick on the cliff top. The orchids a bit shy but then quite brazen. 🙂 🙂

  2. Welcome home Jo! And yes, you did come back to some beautiful weather…love your photos to prove it! But today it’s raining and grey…bring back the sunshine, please!! Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend. Love & hugs to you … ❤ 🙂

  3. The joy of finding those delightful orchids Jo and the dainty little cowslip. I haven’t seen one of those for decades… (Like 5 decades+…)

  4. che magnifico primopiano dell’orchidea selvatica! se ne trovano anche nei nostri prati, specialmente nei terreni umidi e di diversi colori! davvero immagini prezione
    ti auguro una buona passeggiata del sabato!

    1. I hope they like rain, Annalisa! 🙂 🙂 It’s forgotten how to stop. I would have very wet knees this morning! You must have wild orchids in your Dolomites too? Thank you for the good wishes. Returning them with a hug. 🙂

  5. The left bottom white and yellow flower is so pretty, Jo! How is it in Poland now – do they also deal with refugees, as many of the European countries?

    1. There were heaps of cowslips, Jesh! The insects love them. 🙂 My language problems prevent me from getting involved in political conversations so I don’t really know the answer, as regards refugees.

    2. They’re not welcoming at a government level, and utter some absurd claims – they bring diseases that don’t affect them, only us; they take our women. However, as everywhere, there are welcomers. The have been acts of violence, one against a man who’d lived here for years, but looked “foreign”, which attracted bystanders but not intervention, except for one woman who rang the police. So I’ve read in desultory articles.

      1. Limestone? Don’t wild orchids like that type of chalky alkaline soil? Maybe the soil around here is too fertile. I will keep a look out though.

  6. I just love that colour purple, Jo. My mother-in-law has something very similar in her garden and she gave me a bunch the other day and then another bunch five minutes later – she’s suffering from dementia, but she’s such a sweetheart 🙂

    1. I watched a TV documentary on dementia last night and it has me determined to learn Polish. Apparently learning a language is one of several self-help options. Come to think of it- that’s what I should be doing right now 🙂 🙂

    1. I’m not ‘wild’ about tea, though I don’t mind it with lemon. I’m one of those terrible coffee addicts (and please don’t think Starbucks/Costa coffee 😦 ) but I do love orchids. 🙂 🙂

    1. They’re only small so you have to go looking, Suze. Once you find the first, the others seem to come flooding. 🙂 Hope you’re set for a great Summer.

  7. Orchids and cowslips, now that’s just greedy 🙂 what a lot of loveliness on top those cliffs. Glad you got some nice weather before it turned chill again. I’ve sat with a cardy around my feet at work today !

  8. Beautiful, Jo. Spring is a magical time of the year. I am (re)appreciating it after a decade of “endless summers”. Enjoy the favorable weather and gorgeous views!

  9. Beautiful Jo! How was Poland? I just was in London last week. The first two days were gorgeous warm weather and the second two were horrible continual rain! But the flowers and gardens were amazing and lush. Had a great time.

    1. Poland was interesting, Nicole. I loved meeting Meg in Lodz, and I spent lots of time eating cake. 🙂 🙂 The rest will be in the blog at some stage 🙂 So changeable, the weather!

      1. I look forward to reading it Jo. I’ve been rather lazy about blogging and reading blogs these days. Just busy and the weather has finally become nice so I’m taking it easy. But I will for sure read your Poland posts. I remember the ones you wrote on your hikes there.

      2. Wonderful to be outdoors, Nicole. Enjoy it while you can. Wet weekend here but it has been nice. Summer still to come (we hope 🙂 )

      1. Hi Jo,
        Well, there were various reasons for me being quiet on my blog(s). Being busy with life was one. And also, as I mentioned in my answer to your comment to my latest posting, some kind of writer’s block.
        Have agreat weekend,

    1. They were quite unexpected, Tish. There was a huge carpet of cowslips, and nestling in amongst… me! 🙂 🙂 I’ve just been back to pop my best cowslip photo in, just to prove they were there. I wonder if Jude has any on the Cornish cliffs? (orchids, I mean 🙂 )

    1. The orchids always amaze me, Miriam. We’re quite often on those cliff tops, but the orchids are only there for a short time so I was delighted to find them. 🙂

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