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05/06/2013 at 18:27

On the stretch between Newhaven and Peacehaven they have had the most lovely wild flowers growing. Last year I didn't get to take pics till late in season. This year I want to take pics to show all the lovely views. Would be great if others took pics where there are such roadsides near them-the  last pic is an example of what I assume are poppies getting ready to flower















05/06/2013 at 19:04

Nice pictures Bev, 

I toured Colorado State in USA back in 1991 and having a keen interest in photograpy I made a point of taking pictures of all the different roadside flowers as a holiday project. In those days there was no such thing as digital cameras so I was using film (transparency slides) which I don't have the facility to digitise. John H

05/06/2013 at 19:11

Lovely pics Bev. What do you think the mauve one in 4 is?

05/06/2013 at 19:11

Good idea Bev, were the pictures taken last year? There was something on a programme I watched recently was talking about this. Just imagine if all the councils allowed this to happen.....

Theres a few in there that I've introduced into my garden. Love the lone sweet rocket

I do often have a look at the roadsides as I go by will try and take some pics



05/06/2013 at 19:20

John my BIL is a keen diver and photographer and had loads of slides. I'm sure he has transferred some or may know how to. I will see if I can find out for you. 

Lovely pix Bev!

Hollie I think some councils have started programmes whereby only parts of the verges are cut. I'm sure it was discussed on Jeremy Vine show (radio 2) last year because motorists were complaining that they couldn't see because of the height of grass etc....

05/06/2013 at 19:28

Verges should be cut once a year only as far as i`m concerned, it`s good for wildlife and therefore good for your garden, think bees, lacewings, moths, butterflies etc. Is it really that important to have a neat, perfect boring grassy verge?

05/06/2013 at 19:34

The pics were taken today- I took loads more but just chose a few for on here.

05/06/2013 at 19:36

Hi Fairygirl, this was more recent...........might have been countryfile

I was wondering if the daisies were ox eyed and what the yellow ones were?

05/06/2013 at 19:39

They were ox eyed dasies I think- quite large as well as normal little ones. Afraid I don't know what most of the plants were.

05/06/2013 at 19:49

You're right Fred- it may be different up here too. I've noticed they cut the verges less often and not the whole verge either. That way it should keep everyone happy...in theory 

I think with all the cutbacks it probably suits councils too!

05/06/2013 at 21:13

They have just cut all the verges around here; I thought when I saw it happening, what a strange time of year to do it, but I guess they want to do it before the plants set seed and all fly into the fields and gardens. But they have not cut the whole depth of the verge which is a good thing.

05/06/2013 at 22:04
John Harding wrote (see)

Nice pictures Bev, 

I toured Colorado State in USA back in 1991 and having a keen interest in photograpy I made a point of taking pictures of all the different roadside flowers as a holiday project.those days there was no such thing as digital cameras so I was using film (transparency slides) which I don't have the facility to digitise. John H

I bought a Scanner, you can put 4 slides in, in one go ,they transfer straight into the computer



08/06/2013 at 20:35

There's a site/charity plantlife.org.uk that are trying to get Councils to change their mowing habits. You can post' before' and 'after' photos if your council mows down the verges when they could very well leave them untouched.

It seems, from my experience, that more people complain about the verges than actually email or write to say how nice they look, and how much benefit they are to wildlife.

I think I can remember years ago, that Wakefield council had little 'Roadside Nature Reserve' signs on the verges. As mentioned in a previous post, it would surely save them money if they mowed less.

08/06/2013 at 21:27

OK, I've managed to get some of my USA slides digitised so here are a few taken on roadside verges in Colorado State in 1991. Sadly the resolution is nowhere near as good as the originals: I'm afraid I dont know what all of them are.




Next one is Evening Primrose





 I'll put somemore on a bit later.

08/06/2013 at 22:25

Here are a few more:








 This last one is of a 'Clarke's Nutcracker'

08/06/2013 at 22:29

so many lovely plants by the roadside John. It's a wonder you got from A to B

08/06/2013 at 22:47

Interesting you should make that comment Nutcutlet; we were aiming to travel north from Denver to Yellowstone, when we stopped for a coffee we got talking to a local who said "Why, you gotta see the Million Dollar Highway before you leave Colorado" so instead of going north we went west towards Grand Junction, cut off left at Glenwood Springs through the Crystal River gorge to Delta, Monteray and Ouray. The drive from Ouray to Silverton was absolutely fabulous over Red Mountain pass. If you've got a USA map the Million Dollar Highway goes from Ouray to Durango. We never regretted changing our route as we had planned on just hiring a car in Denver and stopping in motels each night which worked out just fine.

08/06/2013 at 23:11

Just had a drive along it with youtube. fantastic journey

09/06/2013 at 04:21

Lyn, you mention a scanner for slides. Could you let me know what make/type it is? Thanks in advance.

Lovely photos everyone!

09/06/2013 at 08:45

Hi nutctlet, thanks for pointing out the million dollar highway can be seen on youtube, brought back a few memories. We also did the steam train ride from Durango to Silvertown which is also on youtube so I watched that again. Fantastic ride up through the mountains.

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