Deciduous woodland, by an old railway line. Sorry the picture’s no good.
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Campanula Latifolia or Common Bellflower, I believe. Quite beautiful.
Checking with an environmental scientist of acquaintance.
Hi Helena Blakemore. Over on Twitter we’re wavering towards C trachelium. The leaves on my specimen seem a bit too narrow and sawtoothed to be C latifolia.
I know what you mean and wondered myself. But if you look through Google images, there seems to be quite a range of leaf types and number of flowers. Will bow to the majority view, of course…
Hello, looks the spitting image of the drawing of c trachelium in my old observer’s book of wild flowers. no c latifolia picture though so unable to comment on that likeness sorry. very nice!
I asked my aunt who is a plants woman – her reply – “The plant is from the Campanulaceae Bellflower family (herb). You can tell because it has alternate leaves, undivided with stipules, and the petals joined to form a 5-lobed tube. And often blue or white.
Not sure which Campanula though! will get back”
She also asked me to recommend her a M John Harrison book – I went with Climbers…
Thanks, Joe, & thank your aunt too.
Hi, I have thanked her and she said she wants to read one of your SF books as it’s been ages since she read any SF – so I’ll recommend Light – especially since she grew up in Barnes and lives in Balcombe..
Nettle leaved bellflower, Campanula trachelium.
My person in the field only had: “The wild flower is in the genus Campanula. Common name hairbells.”
Hairbells, uzwi. Hairbells.
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