Wild Flowers

Wild Flowers
Scottish Wildflower light up the South Side of Loch Ness in an array of colour from spring until autumn. A surprising variety of wild flowering plants and ferns find places to grow amongst patches of ravine woodland, grassland, scree and cliff still found among roads and buildings are havens for flowering plants not found elsewhere in urban areas. Some flowers you have to work harder to find and others wave hello in a gentle breeze on the verges from the roadside.

As the frosts begin to fade away spring brings with it a delight for the eyes with pockets of wild Daffodil and long swathes of Primrose adorning the banks of the roadside along the B852. Getting off the road and taking to the trails at Inverfairgaig Forest and the small wood in lower Foyers you will see woodland flowers come early in spring before the canopy overhead closes again until winter. Carpets of Bluebells appear with bursts of
Wood Anemone here and there. As spring rolls on Ramsons fill the woodland floor and fill the air with their pungently perfumed aroma. Between April and June you can enjoy Yellow Flag Iris from the roadside between Foyers and Whitebridge.

As the woodlands darken verges, heathland and bogs come in to their full summer beauty drifting numerous scents on the breeze. Bog Myrtle loses its leaves in the winter and at the end of spring / beginning of summer sees its young reddish leaves turn green again. As its name suggests it likes wet areas to grow. Bog cotton can usually be found near by along with Bog Moss with its rainbow of colours from red wine, orange, brown, pink and green. Bright splashes of yellow and orange from Bog Asphodel and dusky pink from the Heath
Milkwort. Contrary to popular belief, boglands are not dreary places at all! 

Small patches of grassland and meadow can be found along South Loch Ness with Wild Orchids in mid summer, Yellow Rattle, Cow Parsley, Dog Daisy and Red Clover. Hugging the edges of woodland and hedgerows are Wild Roses, Forget-me-nots and Foxglove. Foxglove also love to grow on bracken slopes and are irresistible to bees. Higher above the Loch you will find the carnivorous beauty Sundew glistening red in the sun waiting to catch its next meal and Moss Campion close by with its pink starry flowers and moss like

As autumn comes the hills are a blaze of purple with Heather in full bloom. The Brambles start to loose their delicate white flowers as their fruits begin to appear. Yellow Gorse gradually loose there bright yellow blooms as the frost start to come bringing winter with them, it leaves us waiting for the first signs of Snowdrops at the end of the winter.
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