A truly wild & technicolor wild flower meadow at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham

Hot and cool blending in this swathe of wild flower meadow at St Mary's University, Twickenham Campus. Just driving along between appointments and had to pull over to admire the display - as had other people too. A real treat and welcome break, especially as temperatures topped 25C this afternoon.  

Eschscholzia californica – vivid flowers with a nuclear connection…

I was asked recently where the name for this colourful and superbly-silky-soapy-flower came from and had to look it up. I had assumed the tag 'californica' at least gave a clue as to its heritage and it is in fact native to America and Mexico and is the State Flower of California. The display, above,…