Annual Flower Information

This entry is an indicative, but by no means comprehensive list of wild flowers that appear during each month throughout the year. There are hundreds of such wild flowers, and each will depend on the topography and other local variations; however the indicative list here is collected from a radius of 2 miles from Edenbridge here in the SE of England. Each plant is found growing in the wild and can be readily seen by anyone who looks and sees. This may sound a contrary comment, however, many look, but hardly anyone sees; a fact of life. I hope to enlighten your interest and actually make you look and see and when you see then the interest is sparked and knowledge gained.

I suggest two vital books to enhance this experience, both have full colour pictures and good explanatory notes.

Collins Complete Guide to British Wild Flowers by Paul Sherry
ISBN: 978-0-00-723684-8.
Wild Flowers of Britain by Roger Phillips. ISBN: 0 70635580.

Historically over time, certain flowers can be accurately dated by day as blooming on that day. The actual flowering determines how advanced or retarded the season is, but, for the greater part, these plants do appear as indicated year in year out. As such these plants will be the first separate entry for each month.

It is significant that each historical flower is associated with a Christian Saint’s day or other such religious event; this stems from the origins in the mediaeval times that all my foundation methodology is based, and as such has proved to be both accurate and reliable.

SEPTEMBER

Historical flower of the month is, on 14th (Holy Rood), the Passion Flower, and on the 29th (St Michael/Michaelmass) the Michaelmass daisy.

This is the first month of autumn (September, October & November), and the first signs of the end of summer commence, the changing colours of the leaves and grasses later in the month, and precious few new flowerings. It is time to look not at the ground, but at eye level to see the fruits, hips, haws, berries and seeds now adorning the trees and bushes.

First Flowerings:

Autumn Crocus

Canadian Fleabane

Holly Berries

Old Man's Beard

Bur-reed

Bearberry

Flixweed

Spearwort

Red/Yellow Bryony

Hops

Black Nightshade

Fat Hen

Grapes

Small Teasel

Compass Plant

Fuschia

Marsh Ragwort

Trifid Bur Marigold