June is a wonderful time for wild flowers and this year has been exceptional, or so it seems. I wonder if it is just that I have been noticing them all around as I walk through the village.
Bluebells in the woods beside Auquharney House
It all started this year for me when I went looking for bluebells which seemed to be very late blooming and then I noticed so many other flowers around. It sent me looking for my wild flower book to help me identify some of them. And now every time I am out, going to the shop for the paper, walking the dog in the field or round the back of the all weather pitches I am noticing the flowers.
I am no expert in flowers but I decided I would try to record the flowers I came across in Hatton. I have not gone for the rare or unusual, nor am I trying to be complete, just sharing what I happened to have seen.
Buttercups in the field looking towards Hatton Mill
Pink Purslane beside the sleepers laid across the burn in the field beside the temporary bridge.
Comfrey and Pink Purslane bloom beside the sleepers laid across the burn in the field beside the temporary bridge.
Buttercups adorn the field beside the temporary bridge.
Buttercups beside the burn which flows under the temporary bridge on Hatton Farm Road
Red campion gives a splash of colour beside the Water of Cruden
Lady’s Smock or Cuckoo Flower (Cardamine pratensis) beside the all weather pitches
Lady’s smock among the buttercups in tge field.
Cow Parsley beside the Sewage Works Road
Yellow Vetch on the Auchlethen Road
Vetch gowing in the field beside Park Place
May Blossom on the Auchlethen Road
A Rowan tree in flower on the road to Auchlethen
a chestnut tree in full bloom at the foot of Rowan Terrace
a Red Hot Poker pushes its way hrough the weeds outside the Village Hall
Hatton seems to be blessed with glorious patches of Orange Hawskweed. (Hatton car park)
Orange Hawkweed outside Mill Cottages
Orange Hawkweed in Rowan Terrace
We must not overlook the lovely daisies. (Hatton car park)
Clover makes a splash of white besdie the Hatton car park
Red clover is growing in the ground behind the all weather pitches.
Red clover is a favourite with bumble bees, so I am told.
Most of the Willowherbs are not yet in bloom. This one turns towards the sun in the Hatton car park.
Kidney Vetch besie the all weather pitches
Kidney Vetch looks quite mysterious when you get up close.
Ribwart Plantain – but I grew up in Brechin where we called them “Carl Doddies”. What do you call them in Buchan?
Ribwart Plantain outside Mill Cottages
There are lovley rose bushes between the Water of Cruden and the all weather pitches.
White roses too. You can smell the scent as you walk past.
A foxglove risks growing beside the skateboard park
There seem to be a lot of orchids blooming in Hatton this year. This is on the bank between the all weather pitches and the School.
An orchid shares space with the all pervasive litter.