Welsh Wildflowers

June 11, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Wild flowers of WalesWild Flowers,Twynllanan CemeteryA carpet of wild flowers bloom amongst the gravestones in the small hamlet of Twynllanan, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

Just a quick post.

You know sometimes as you're driving along concentrating on the road ahead, when something suddenly catches your attention out of the corner of your eye. A movement, a flash of light, or colour.

This was one of those times.

Driving down a narrow, mostly single track road we approached the small hamlet of Twynllannan in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Slowing as we approached the houses, through a metal gateway in a hedge I caught the briefest glimpse of a flash of colour.

Carefully stopping, I reversed the short distance back up the quiet lane to find what caught my eye. Hidden, behind a hedge, only visible through the gateway, was a cemetery. Surrounding the gravestones and memorials was the colour that, in that fleeting moment, grabbed my attention.

Stands of flowers, blue, white, purple, and red.

Not placed, but growing wild. Aqualegias I think they were. 

We were already heading off to a different location to walk so I promised myself to return to spend more time which, I duly did, later that evening.  The day had been warm but was now cooling as the sun, behind thin high cloud, dipped towards the surrounding hilltops. All was quiet apart from the sounds of birds and the buzzing of bumble bees busily working their way from flower to flower.

What a lovely peaceful place, a hidden gem, tucked away. How many people must have driven past oblivious to the spectacle of flowers beyond the gate? 

The Romans, it is said, planted flowers around the graves so the spirits of the dead could walk amongst them.

I saw no spirits, Roman or otherwise on this tranquil evening, but if the spirits were there, could there have been many other places to wander amongst the flowers as beautiful as this..........?


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