A few weeks ago when short of ideas for blog posts I took some photos on the meadow and made a post out of Knapweed! Then it didn't get published so............
There's There WAS a lovely crop of Greater Knapweed on the meadow. It's quite pretty and the bees love it. So is it a wild flower or a weed?...the eternal question. It wouldn't be there if all the meadow was kept cut as it was before we moved here.
The plant gets a mention in the Flower Fairies book by Cicely Mary Barker
I can't imagine many little children even looking at it nowadays and they certainly wouldn't know it's name! and as for growing on chalk - it's heavy clay here.
After the rain over the last few days all the knapweed plants are now brown and mucky, good thing I took the photo when I did.