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UK Flora

James Brunker | Lords and Ladies Plant

Lords and Ladies Plant

The unusual Lords-and-ladies plant (Arum maculatum, often called cuckoo-pint) is a common sight in woodlands and roadsides in the UK in spring and early summer. Its tiny flowers (both male and female) are tucked away beneath the dark brown inflorescence or spadix; this emits an unpleasant aroma to attract insects to pollinate the flowers. In the autumn the upper part of the plant rots away leaving just the stem and a cluster of bright red berrie which are very poisonous.
James Brunker | Little Robin Flowers

Little Robin Flowers

Little-robin (Geranium purpureum) is a pretty little plant and flower that is a member of the Geranium family. The flower is similar to herb-Robert (Geranium robertianum) though this species is considerably taller and doesn't spread along the ground.
James Brunker | Common Mallow Plant in Flower

Common Mallow Plant in Flower

The common mallow (Malva sylvestris) is a familiar and beautiful wildflower found in hedgerows, meadows and roadside verges in spring and early summer. It was used in the past to make marshmallow and is still used as a natural medicinal herb by some people. It has a wide natural range across much of Europe and Asia, in parts of the Middle East the leaves are used in salads and other dishes
James Brunker | Forsythia flowers

Forsythia flowers

The forsythias are a genus of flowering plants in the Oleaceae / olive family and mostly native to eastern Asia. Their bright yellow flowers appear in early spring before the leaves. They are a very popular garden and ornamental plant worldwide, first appearing in Europe in the early 19th century. They are named after William Forsyth.
James Brunker | Star Magnolia Flower

Star Magnolia Flower

The star magnolia (Magnolia stellata) is a small, slow-growing shrub / tree originally native to Japan. It is also a popular ornamental / garden plant worldwide. The botanist / collector Charles Maries is thought to have introduced it to the UK in the mid 1870s.
James Brunker | Ox-Eye Daisies on a Stormy Afternoon

Ox-Eye Daisies on a Stormy Afternoon

A group of ox-eye / oxeye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) in flower on a stormy spring afternoon. The grey background is actually the dark stormy sky reflected in the surface of a lake, with sunshine lighting up the daisy flowers. Ox-eye daisies are a large daisy that can grow to 60cm / 24" or more in height and are native to Europe and western temperate Asia. Similar images with a variety of crops in both horizontal and vertical format are available, please message if you would like to see more!
James Brunker | Ox-Eye Daisies Abstract

Ox-Eye Daisies Abstract

A group of ox-eye / oxeye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) in flower on a stormy spring afternoon. The grey background is actually the dark stormy sky reflected in the surface of a lake, with sunshine lighting up the daisy flowers. Ox-eye daisies are a large daisy that can grow to 60cm / 24" or more in height and are native to Europe and western temperate Asia. Similar images with a variety of crops in both horizontal and vertical format are available, please message if you would like to see more!
James Brunker | Ox-Eye Daisy Flowers Abstract

Ox-Eye Daisy Flowers Abstract

A group of ox-eye / oxeye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) in flower on a stormy spring afternoon. The grey background is actually the dark stormy sky reflected in the surface of a lake, with sunshine lighting up the daisy flowers. Ox-eye daisies are a large daisy that can grow to 60cm / 24" or more in height and are native to Europe and western temperate Asia. Similar images with a variety of crops in both horizontal and vertical format are available, please message if you would like to see more!
James Brunker | Blackthorn Flowers and Buds

Blackthorn Flowers and Buds

The flowers of the blackthorn or sloe (Prunus spinosa) are among the first to appear in spring in the UK. Its white blossoms appear well before the leaves of most bushes and trees and often while the weather is still cold and wintry. Its small, black fruit can be used to make sloe gin, if they are picked after the first frosts (or frozen after picking, to reduce the bitterness) they can also be used to make jams
James Brunker | Common Spotted Orchid in Flower

Common Spotted Orchid in Flower

A beautiful common spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) in flower. It is one of the UK and Europe's more common orchid species and is also found across much of northern Asia in a wide range of woodland and grassland habitats. The flowers can vary in colour from a very pale to deep pink with delicate patterns.
James Brunker | Common Spotted Orchid Flowers

Common Spotted Orchid Flowers

A group of beautiful common spotted orchids (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) in flower. It is one of the UK and Europe's more common orchids and is also found across much of northern Asia in a wide range of woodland and grassland habitats. The flowers can vary in colour from a very pale to deep pink with delicate patterns. Horizontal versions of this image are also available, please message if you would prefer a print in that format!
James Brunker | Blackthorn Flowers Prunus spinosa

Blackthorn Flowers Prunus spinosa

The flowers of the blackthorn or sloe (Prunus spinosa) are among the first to appear in spring in the UK. Its white blossoms appear well before the leaves of most bushes and trees and often while the weather is still cold and wintry. Its small, black fruit can be used to make sloe gin, if they are picked after the first frosts (or frozen after picking, to reduce the bitterness) they can also be used to make jams. A vertical version of the image is also available, please message if you would prefer a print in that format!
James Brunker | Blackthorn Flower Close Up

Blackthorn Flower Close Up

The flowers of the blackthorn or sloe (Prunus spinosa) are among the first to appear in spring in the UK. Its white blossoms appear well before the leaves of most bushes and trees and often while the weather is still cold and wintry. Its small, black fruit can be used to make sloe gin, if they are picked after the first frosts (or frozen after picking, to reduce the bitterness) they can also be used to make jams. Image is also available with all the flowers in focus, please message if you would prefer to have that on a print instead!
James Brunker | Blackthorn Flower on Green Background

Blackthorn Flower on Green Background

The flowers of the blackthorn or sloe (Prunus spinosa) are among the first to appear in spring in the UK. Its white blossoms appear well before the leaves of most bushes and trees and often while the weather is still cold and wintry. Its small, black fruit can be used to make sloe gin, if they are picked after the first frosts (or frozen after picking, to reduce the bitterness) they can also be used to make jams
James Brunker | Branch of Blackthorn Flowers and Buds

Branch of Blackthorn Flowers and Buds

The flowers of the blackthorn or sloe (Prunus spinosa) are among the first to appear in spring in the UK. Its white blossoms appear well before the leaves of most bushes and trees and often while the weather is still cold and wintry. Its small, black fruit can be used to make sloe gin, if they are picked after the first frosts (or frozen after picking, to reduce the bitterness) they can also be used to make jams
James Brunker | Common Spotted Orchid Starting to Flower

Common Spotted Orchid Starting to Flower

A common spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) in the early stages of flowering, with only the lower flowers on the inflorescence in bloom. It is one of the UK and Europe's more common orchids and is found in a wide range of woodland and grassland habitats. The flowers can vary in colour from a very pale to deep pink with delicate patterns.
James Brunker | Common Mallow Flower Close Up

Common Mallow Flower Close Up

A close up of the common mallow (Malva sylvestris), a familiar and beautiful wildflower found in hedgerows, meadows and roadside verges in spring and early summer. It was used in the past to make marshmallow and is still used as a natural medicinal herb by some people. It has a wide natural range across much of Europe and Asia, in parts of the Middle East the leaves are used in salads and other dishes
James Brunker | Golden Lesser Celandine Flowers

Golden Lesser Celandine Flowers

Lesser celandine flowers (Ficaria verna, formerly Ranunculus ficaria) in a damp woodland in early spring. A member of the buttercup family, these beautiful flowers are among the first to appear in spring in the UK and are a common sight in especially damper areas of woodlands, hedgerows and countryside.
James Brunker | Ladybird on Ox-Eye Daisy Flower

Ladybird on Ox-Eye Daisy Flower

A seven-spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) on the flower of an ox-eye / oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare). Ladybirds are members of the Coccinellidae family of beetles, popular and well known for their bright colours and patterns. The seven-spot ladybird is the most common species in Europe. Ox-eye daisies are a large daisy that can grow to 60cm / 24" or more in height and are native to Europe and western temperate Asia.
James Brunker | Thick-legged flower beetle

Thick-legged flower beetle

A thick-legged flower beetle (Oedemera nobilis) on the flower of an ox-eye / oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare). They are a common and distinctive beetle in most of western Europe, especially Mediterranean regions (where they are also found in North Africa). Since the mid 1990s they have also expanded to the British Isles and are now quite common in southern England too. Only the males have the thick bulbous hind legs.
James Brunker | Common primroses in bloom

Common primroses in bloom

The common or English primrose (Primula vulgaris) is one of the best known and most popular spring flowers in the U. It is one of the earlier flowers to appear in spring and is common in woodlands, hedgerows and near streams, generally preferring damp and shady areas. Many Primula cultivars and hybrids with a wide range of colours have been bred for gardens
James Brunker | Wood anemones and bluebells in flower

Wood anemones and bluebells in flower

Wood anemones (Anemonoides nemorosa) are a member of the buttercup family (Ranunculacea) and appear mainly in shady woodlands in early spring. The blue flowers in the background are common or English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), the species that produces the famous blue carpets known as bluebell woods in spring. Both are classed as indicator species for ancient woodlands.
James Brunker | Wood anemone in flower

Wood anemone in flower

Wood anemones (Anemonoides nemorosa) are a member of the buttercup family (Ranunculacea) and appear mainly in shady woodlands in early spring. The blue flowers in the background are common or English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), the species that produces the famous blue carpets known as bluebell woods in spring. Both are classed as indicator species for ancient woodlands.
James Brunker | Wild garlic flowers

Wild garlic flowers

Wild garlic flowers (Allium ursinum) are a common sight in spring in damp woodlands across much of Europe. Also known as ramsons, wild cowleek and broad-leaved garlic, it often grows in the same woods as bluebells in the UK. The leaves are often used as a herb in salads and soups; the bulbs and flowers are also edible.
James Brunker | Wild garlic plant in flower

Wild garlic plant in flower

Wild garlic flowers (Allium ursinum) are a common sight in spring in damp woodlands across much of Europe. Also known as ramsons, wild cowleek and broad-leaved garlic, it often grows in the same woods as bluebells in the UK. The leaves are often used as a herb in salads and soups; the bulbs and flowers are also edible.
James Brunker | Common or English primroses

Common or English primroses

The common or English primrose (Primula vulgaris) is one of the best known and most popular spring flowers in the U. It is one of the earlier flowers to appear in spring and is common in woodlands, hedgerows and near streams, generally preferring damp and shady areas. Many Primula cultivars and hybrids with a wide range of colours have been bred for gardens
James Brunker | Wood anemone close up

Wood anemone close up

Close up of a wood anemone (Anemonoides nemorosa),a beautiful and well known flower that appears mainly in shady woodlands in early spring. It is a member of the buttercup family Ranunculaceae.
James Brunker | Wood anemone cultivar

Wood anemone cultivar

This unusual flower was growing among lots of wood anemones in an old churchyard. I think it must be an anemone cultivar of some sort, the petals and leaves are very similar to the wood anemone but it has extra frills of petals in the centre of the flower. The wood anemone (Anemonoides nemorosa) is a beautiful and well known flower that appears mainly in shady woodlands in early spring.
James Brunker | Flowering forget-me-nots

Flowering forget-me-nots

The cute little blue flowers of the forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica) are a common sight across much of Europe in spring. Also called the wood or woodland forget-me-not, the flowers are small, usually less than 1cm across. There are many cultivars of the species which are popular as bedding plants in gardens.
James Brunker | Forget-me-nots in bloom

Forget-me-nots in bloom

The cute little blue flowers of the forget-me-not (Myosotis sylvatica) are a common sight across much of Europe in spring. Also called the wood or woodland forget-me-not, the flowers are small, usually less than 1cm across. There are many cultivars of the species which are popular as bedding plants in gardens.
James Brunker | St Thomas a Becket Parish Church Capel Kent

St Thomas a Becket Parish Church Capel Kent

St Thomas a Becket church in Capel, Kent is so named because Thomas Becket is said to have preached there. There has been a church on the site since Norman times, though most of the current building dates from the 14th and early 15th centuries. It is now a redundant church and managed by the Churches Conservation Trust. Other images of the church with more blue sky and less cloud are available, please message if you are interested in seeing them! The area around Capel is still very rural with plenty of beautiful and picturesque countryside. This may all change in the near future as Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has plans to build over 4,000 new houses on green belt land which will almost certainly destory its charm and beauty. To find out more about these plans and campaigns against them please visit the Save Capel website: savecapel.com Facebook Page: savecapel2020 Twitter: SaveCapel
James Brunker | All Saints Church Tudeley Kent

All Saints Church Tudeley Kent

A view of All Saints church in the small village of Tudeley in the Weald of Kent. There has been a church here since the 7th century, most of the current building dates from the 13th and 14th centuries. The unusual brick tower was added during extensive renovation in the 18th century and contrasts with the Wealden sandstone typical of churches in the Weald. The church is famous for being the only one in the world that has all its stained glass windows designed and installed (between 1967 and 1985) by the Russian-French early modernist artist Marc Chagall.
James Brunker | All Saints Church Tudeley Kent

All Saints Church Tudeley Kent

Daisies growing around the edge of All Saints churchyard in the small village of Tudeley in the Weald of Kent. There has been a church here since the 7th century, most of the current building dates from the 13th and 14th centuries. The unusual brick tower was added during extensive renovation in the 18th century and contrasts with the Wealden sandstone typical of churches in the Weald. The church is famous for being the only one in the world that has all its stained glass windows designed and installed by the Russian-French early modernist artist Marc Chagall.
James Brunker | All Saints Church Tudeley Kent

All Saints Church Tudeley Kent

A view of the unusual brick tower of All Saints church in the small village of Tudeley in the Weald of Kent. There has been a church here since the 7th century, the brickwork is the result of an extensive renovation in the 18th century. The church is famous for being the only one in the world that has all its stained glass windows designed by the Russian-French early modernist artist Marc Chagall. Variations of this image in both colour and black and white are available, please message if interested!
James Brunker | All Saints Church Tudeley Kent

All Saints Church Tudeley Kent

A view of the unusual brick tower of All Saints church in the small village of Tudeley in the Weald of Kent. There has been a church here since the 7th century, the brickwork is the result of an extensive renovation in the 18th century. The church is famous for being the only one in the world that has all its stained glass windows designed by the Russian-French early modernist artist Marc Chagall. Variations of this image in both colour and black and white are available, please message if interested!
James Brunker | Stained Glass Window Chiddingstone Kent

Stained Glass Window Chiddingstone Kent

The stained glass East window in St. Mary the Virgin parish church in Chiddingstone, Kent. A church has stood on the site since Saxon times though most of the current building dates from the 14th and 15th centuries. This window shows Jesus and some of his disciples and dates from 1871. None of the original windows remain, the church was badly damaged by a fire in July 1624 and extensively rebuilt.
James Brunker | Church door and Roses Chiddingstone Kent

Church door and Roses Chiddingstone Kent

Roses growing around a small side door of St. Mary the Virgin parish church in Chiddingstone, Kent. A church has stood on the site since Saxon times though most of the current building dates from the14th and 15th centuries. Like many churches in the region it was built using the distinctive yellow Wealden sandstone.
James Brunker | Church of St John the Baptist Penshurst Kent

Church of St John the Baptist Penshurst Kent

The church of St John the Baptist in Penshurst in the Weald of Kent near Tunbridge Wells dates from the 12th century, the tower was added in the 15th century. Like many churches in the area it was built using the local yellow sandstone typical of the High Weald region.
James Brunker | St John the Baptist parish church Penshurst Kent

St John the Baptist parish church Penshurst Kent

The church of St John the Baptist in Penshurst in the Weald of Kent near Tunbridge Wells dates from the 12th century, the tower was added in the 15th century. Like many churches in the area it was built using the local yellow sandstone typical of the High Weald region.
James Brunker | St Thomas a Becket Church Capel Kent

St Thomas a Becket Church Capel Kent

St Thomas a Becket church in Capel, Kent is so named because Thomas Becket is said to have preached there. There has been a church on the site since Norman times, though most of the current building dates from the 14th and early 15th centuries. It is now a redundant church and managed by the Churches Conservation Trust. Other images of the church with more blue sky and less cloud are available, please message if you are interested in seeing them! The area around Capel is still very rural with plenty of beautiful and picturesque countryside. This may all change in the near future as Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has plans to build over 4,000 new houses on green belt land which will almost certainly destory its charm and beauty. To find out more about these plans and campaigns against them please visit the Save Capel website: savecapel.com Facebook Page: savecapel2020 Twitter: SaveCapel
James Brunker | St Peters Church Southborough Common Kent

St Peters Church Southborough Common Kent

A view of St Peter's Church on Southborough Common, Kent, a well known local landmark next to the cricket pitch. The original church was built in 1830 by the famous architect Decimus Burton, who is best known for designing the well known Calverley Park and Crescent in neighbouring Tunbridge Wells. Built using the local yellow clay brick and sandstone, the church was extended and the tower and spire added in 1883.
James Brunker | St Peters Church Southborough Common Kent

St Peters Church Southborough Common Kent

A view of St Peter's Church on Southborough Common, Kent in early summer. The original church was built in 1830 by the famous architect Decimus Burton, who is best known for designing the well known Calverley Park and Crescent in neighbouring Tunbridge Wells. Built using the local yellow clay brick and sandstone, the church was extended and the tower and spire added in 1883.
James Brunker | Old Parish Church of St Peter Pembury Kent

Old Parish Church of St Peter Pembury Kent

St Peter's Old Church is located in countryside near the village of Pembury, Kent. The church has Norman origins though most of the current building dates from 1337
James Brunker | St Peter's Old Church near Pembury, Kent

St Peter's Old Church near Pembury, Kent

St Peter's Old Church is located in countryside near the village of Pembury, Kent. The church has Norman origins though most of the current building dates from 1337
James Brunker | St Mary The Virgin church, Lamberhurst, Kent

St Mary The Virgin church, Lamberhurst, Kent

The church of St Mary The Virgin is a short distance outside the village of Lamberhurst, Kent. There was once a church on the site in Saxon times, the current building mainly dates from the 14th and 15th centuries.
James Brunker | St Mary The Virgin church, Lamberhurst, Kent

St Mary The Virgin church, Lamberhurst, Kent

The church of St Mary The Virgin is a short distance outside the village of Lamberhurst, Kent. There was once a church on the site in Saxon times, the current building mainly dates from the 14th and 15th centuries.
James Brunker | St Peter & St Paul's church tower Tonbridge

St Peter & St Paul's church tower Tonbridge

St Peter & St Paul's church in Tonbridge is one of the older churches in the town. There has been a church on the site since at least the 12th century; the tower and chancel date from the 14th century. Much of the building dates from the 19th century when it was restored and extended.
James Brunker | St Peter & St Paul's church Tonbridge

St Peter & St Paul's church Tonbridge

St Peter & St Paul's church in Tonbridge is one of the older churches in the town. There has been a church on the site since at least the 12th century; the tower and chancel date from the 14th century. Much of the building dates from the 19th century when it was restored and extended.
James Brunker | St Lawrence church and cottages Bidborough Kent

St Lawrence church and cottages Bidborough Kent

Historic cottages and St Lawrence church tower in Bidborough, a small village between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells in Kent. St Lawrence church dates from the 11th century
James Brunker | Firle church and village East Sussex

Firle church and village East Sussex

A view of St Peter's church and village of Firle at the foot of the South Downs in East Sussex, , with part of Firle Park in the background. The church dates from the 13th and 14th centuries. The village lies within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park.
James Brunker | St Mary the Virgin Church Hartfield East Sussex

St Mary the Virgin Church Hartfield East Sussex

The picturesque village of Hartfield lies near the northern part of Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. Its parish church dedicated to St Mary the Virgin mostly dates from the 13th century; its tall narrow spire is a distinctive landmark in the area.
James Brunker | St Mary the Virgin Church Hartfield East Sussex

St Mary the Virgin Church Hartfield East Sussex

The picturesque village of Hartfield lies near the northern part of Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. Its parish church dedicated to St Mary the Virgin mostly dates from the 13th century; its tall narrow spire is a distinctive landmark in the area.
James Brunker | St Mary the Virgin Church Hartfield East Sussex

St Mary the Virgin Church Hartfield East Sussex

The picturesque village of Hartfield lies near the northern part of Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. Its parish church dedicated to St Mary the Virgin mostly dates from the 13th century; its tall narrow spire is a distinctive landmark in the area.
James Brunker | St Mary the Virgin Church Hartfield East Sussex

St Mary the Virgin Church Hartfield East Sussex

The picturesque village of Hartfield lies near the northern part of Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. Its parish church dedicated to St Mary the Virgin mostly dates from the 13th century; its tall narrow spire is a distinctive landmark in the area.