Wild and Colourful in Howth

Wild and Colourful in Howth

What a delightful surprise it was which caught my attention. A stunning and colourful mix of wild and cultivated beauty tucked away in an overgrown and somewhat wild brownfield site on the Carrickbrack Road in Howth. A rare glimpse in suburbia to witness a beautiful mix of delightful wild and colourful flowers mingling in what is an overgrown wild meadow.

Swept by local sea breezes, the dancing Poppies in colourful rich reds and cool violets are an irresistible attraction for the bees whilst dwarfing the nearby Scabiosas and Geraniums. On the periphery rampant bindweed slowly but almost inevitably spreads towards the centre from the site boundary covering the ground with an impenetrable green canopy, smothering everything in its path and the pure white bell shape flowers heralding its unmistakable presence.

Nearby thriving thistles and dandelions establish new colonies, so too can be seen glimpses of  Euphorbia but most probably will struggle to survive here in this very competitive environment. The stunning yellow centred white daisy like flowers of the Leucanthemum compete very successfully with the surrounding overgrown grasses for sun and light in what otherwise are most likely very difficult ground conditions.

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