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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Barcroft Hall, Somerset

This is a large private estate in Somerset which has attracted quite a bit of media coverage lately because the owner has created a 2 acre wild flower meadow out of old derelict farm land over the last two years or so. Abandoned buildings have been removed and the land worked on to make it suitable for planting wildflower seeds. This summer and up to the end of August visitors are invited to walk round the field on pathways kept for the purpose to admire this remarkable collection.

I visited last weekend and was surprised to see so many plants still in flower and more so the range of plants. There are some non native plants.
As a visual spectacle it certainly has the wow factor in big measure.

I recommend you visit before it is all over for this year.

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This is the first year for this project and next year may be different and without in any way detracting from this achievement there may be ways in which it can be made even more interesting and wildlife friendly. I should add the conservationist have a wide rang of views on what they consider good practice so my views may not be the only way to go. I think you have to see it for yourself and then we can comment. Bearing in mind that if it wasn't for the private owner there would not be anything except derelict farm buildings to comment on.

For your interest here is a list of some of the flower growing on the field but not necessarily in flower for your visit in August:

Details taken from the Barcroft web site  ( any errors in transcribing the list especially in spelling will be mine!)

Ammobium alatum    Winged everlasting

Brachyscome iberidifolia   Swan River daisy

Calendula arvensis    Calendula

Chrysanthemum carinatum   Chrysanthemum

Cladanthus arabicus   Palm Springs daisy

Clarkia amoena     Farewell to spring

Collinsia bicolor    Chinese houses

Consolida regalis   Forking larkspur

Convolvulus tricolor  Morning glory

Coreopsis basalis      Golden Mane

Coreopsis tinctoria    Plains Coreopsis

Cosmos bipinnatus      Cosmos

Cosmos sulphureus      Sulphur Cosmos

Cynoglossum amabile    Chinese forgrt-me-not

Daucus carota          Wild carrot

Delphinium ajacis      Wild dephinium

Didiscus caerulea      Silver scabious

Echium vulgare         Viper’s bugloss

Eschscholtzia californica    Californian poppy

Gaillardia aristata     Blanket Flower

Gaillardia pulchella    Indian blanket

Gilia capitata       Blue field gilia

Gilia tricolor       Birds eye gilia

Gypsophila muralis     Baby’s breath

Helichrysum monstrosum    Dwarf everlasting flower

Helipterum roseum       Paper flower

Iberis amara         Dwarf candytuft

Iberis umbellata       Candytuft

Delphinium consolida     Larkspur

Lasthenia Californica     California goldfields

Lavatera Trimestris     Rose mallow

Leontodon hispidus      Rough hawkbit

Linaria maroccana      Spurred snapdragon

Linum grandiflorum     Scarlet flax

Linum usitatissimum     Blue flax

Lomas inodora         Yellow ageratum

Nemophila menziesii    Baby blue eyes

Origanum majorana      Origano

Nolana paradoxa        Wild bird

Papaver rhoeas        Poppy

Phacelia Campanularia   Californian bluebell

Phacelia Tanacetifolia   Lacy phacelia

Ratibida columnifera     Prairie coneflowers

Scabiosa columbaria      Scabious

Silene vulgaris      Catchfly

Tolpis barbata      Umbrella milkwort

Ursinia anethoides     Ursinia

Venidium fastuosum    Cape daisy

Viscaria occulta     Blue angel

Agrostemma githago    Corncockle

Chrysanthemum segetum  Corn marigold

Xeranthemum annuum    Everlasting flower

Zinnia elegans     Zinnia

Anthemis Arvensis    Corn Chamomile

Ammi majus      Queen Anne’s lace

Centaurea cyanus    Cornflower

Clarkia unguiculata    Mountain Garland

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