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22/08/2012 at 21:59

I was driving along the A259 today between Newhaven and Peacehaven. I had to stop to take some pictures. I've wanted to every time I drive along since June. Many of the flowers which were looking good have finished but new ones have taken their place to keep it looking good. I am going to post a couple of pictures on here but would love it if you could go on to my Facebook page and go through the album giving the names of as many flowers as you can. For a start how many different wild flowers can you name in the following pic?

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/11083.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/11085.jpg?width=544&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/11087.jpg?width=544&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/11089.jpg?width=544&height=350&mode=max

 Having this at the edge of the road makes the drive so much more enjoyable

22/08/2012 at 22:10

That's beautiful, I'll start you off - the pinkish red flowers at the bottom of your second photo are Red Flax (Linum grandiflorum var rubrum (says Google))..

Has this been deliberately planted or is it just nature being wonderful?

22/08/2012 at 22:54

I don't know for sure but assume they must have been deliberately planted as there are three stretches along the road like this.However it was the same last year and I don't know if it has been redone this year. Thank you for the name.

23/08/2012 at 09:11

This isn't an answer to your question about naming flowers. But I know the feeling of seeing some brilliant roadside planting, and just having to stop to take a photo. I've done that several times.

The first time I did that was several years ago when I passed a traffic island, full of ox-eye daisies, somewhere in South Warwickshire. I also pulled up, about a week ago, to admire and photograph some roadside planting by Coventry City Parks Dept...

http://i849.photobucket.com/albums/ab51/falcosubbuteo/cannon-park2.jpg

There is actually a website devoted to admiring roadside planting. You can send in your photos. They haven't got many photos at the moment. They are also campaigning for more intelligent roadside planting and maintenance.

Try this:
http://www.plantlife.org.uk/roadvergecampaign/3_steps_to_good_road_verge_management

Leggi wrote (see)

.... Has this been deliberately planted or is it just nature being wonderful?

All of this is man-made. If it's along a major route, then it's the Highways Agency, or for minor routes, the local council. I don't know who is responsible for the A259 (in the first post).

23/08/2012 at 18:17

Gary- how beautiful. Thankyou for the link, it's an interesting site.

23/08/2012 at 18:48

lovely site to see... the blue ones look like cornflowers.. and some cow paisley.. wish our road sides looked to colourful.. instead nettels and such.. so overgrown it is looking terrible.

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