Speedwell by lostphojo

Speedwell

Germander speedwell is not uncommon in Welsh valleys. I got a close look at a bunch of them growing on the bank (called a clawdd in Welsh) beneath a hedgerow as I crashed into said clawdd when I lost control of my bike on a quiet cycle path the other day. They are such lovely simple tiny azure-blue wild-flowers. I was so excited as they flashed before me that I failed to regain control, fell off and landed in such a way that my right hip took the full force of my weight plus that of my bike! I was even more excited when some appeared in our garden meadow. However, I'm none too excited about the purple bruise at the top of my right leg!
Oh dear! I do hope you are ok. That sounds like quite a nasty shock you have had. We have speedwell in our garden and when clearing of weeds a few weeks ago, I had to leave a patch because it is looking so attractive. lovely focus on these pretty little flowers here.
May 11th, 2020  
Thanks Helen. You are as lucky as I am! Good you didn't dig them up. We like to build the garden around wild flowers and grasses! As for the fall it's no big deal for a lifelong over-confident, old-enough-to-know-better cyclist like me and its never a shock!
May 11th, 2020  
Ooh that sounds painful - I was excited when some of these self seeded in my garden a few years ago
May 11th, 2020  
I guess speedwell must be the correct name for a tiny flower which makes one fall off one's bike. (But these seem to be forget-me-not to me.) Very delicate. Hope you are OK.
May 15th, 2020  
@quietpurplehaze Thanks Hazel, i think you might be right about this being forget-me-not. Both have shown up in our wild garden. But you've given me a very good reason for identifying it as germander speedwell!
May 15th, 2020  
@lostphojo

Well that’s good, David!
May 15th, 2020  
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