Daisies, Daisies, Daisies

I have posted a lot of pictures of daisies recently.  I make no apology for that.  They are simply beautiful flowers.  In our meadow, over the last couple of years, we have had over a million of these beautiful ox-eye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare).  It is not a rare plant.  It is a common coloniser of newly-bare ground, and newly-sown meadows like ours.  However it is not too dominant, and there are many other species just waiting to come out, including birds-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) (a key foodplant for a number of butterfly species), yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor) (a semi-parasite that suppresses grass and helps with diversity in wildflower meadows), several varieties of clover and vetch, sainfoin, yarrow, cranesbill, scabious and many more.  We are pleased to see it.  It is a good indicator of a healthy meadow – if you don’t maintain the meadow, then the grasses will come to dominate, as the sites for daisy seed vanish.  Most of all, we are pleased to see it because at this time of the year it is beautiful, providing nectar for a wide variety of insects early on in the season.

Ox-eye Daisy

Ox-eye Daisy

Field of daisies

A field of daisies, in the last rays of the sun

Ox-eye Daisy

Ox-eye Daisy

Daisies by the pond

Daisies, ragged robin and teasel by our pond.

Ox-Eye Daisies

Ox-Eye Daisies

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