A glorious morning for a tranquil walk along the wildflower paths of 18th century Bramham Park, for a very small charge we were able to enjoy this peaceful garden awash with swathes of ramsons interspersed by leopards bane and the tilting heads of water avens. Large groups of twayblade were coming into flower amongst sanicle, pignut, common dog violet and tormentil. Milkwort nestled in the short grass with green field speedwell and sticky mouse-ear. Beautiful bugle sat amongst the barren and wild strawberry, while bulbous buttercup had still to reach its peak. In a few weeks time orchids will fill the unmown corners so a return visit would be worthwhile, a truly magical place to spend a morning.
Bramham Park is always a delight for any naturalist and never more so than in June when it is awash with wildflowers. Abundant common spotted orchids were amongst the unmown grass interspersed with bee orchid, yellow rattle and twayblade. To the side of the path sanicle, lady’s mantle and yellow pimpernel flourished under the beech trees Arriving at the obelisk pond, small toadflax, monkey flower, red pimpernel and wall lettuce grew amongst the gravel and stone. The mown lawn area has encouraged thyme, selfheal, milkwort, tormentil and rock rose to thrive in a pattern of purple and yellow in the short grass. The long grass to the right of the Gothic temple is home at this time of year to leopard’s bane, hedge woundwort, heath speedwell, water avens and columbine. Once again a lovely, tranquil visit to Bramham Park.
Common spotted ortchid