Yesterday I made a brief botanical survey of the wildflowers growing in and around our village. The location is the Trent valley flood plain in Nottinghamshire, and the geology is mudstone and clay, sand and gravel. I noted all the wildflowers I saw on an hour's circular walk alongside roadside verges and ditches, down hedgebanked lanes, past a pond, and across farmland and some uncultivated ground. It's ordinary English countryside and I didn't expect to find any rarities. However I was surprised at the variety of species I did discover - 75 in all. This was my list (including any native wildflowers I found growing in gardens):
Mugwort, marsh-marigold, meadow buttercup, creeping buttercup, greater spearwort, common poppy, opium poppy, gold-of-pleasure, garlic mustard, red campion, bladder campion, common chickweed, pineapple weed, good King Henry, common mallow, meadow crane's-bill, dove's-foot crane's-bill, white clover, red clover, common bird's-foot-trefoil, common vetch, tufted vetch, ox-eye daisy, bramble, germander speedwell, dog rose, white bryony, great willowherb, rosebay willowherb, ivy, black mustard, ground elder, curled dock, common nettle, bogbean, green alkanet, bindweed, hedge bindweed, ivy-leaved toadflax, foxglove, bulrush, creeping tormentil, herb-robert, black medick, common comfrey, wild radish, white dead-nettle, ribwort plantain, cleavers, lady's bedstraw, red valerian, common groundsel, common ragwort, daisy, yarrow, feverfew, sea mayweed, lesser burdock, prickly sow-thistle, smooth sow-thistle, common dandelion, lily-of-the-valley, nipplewort, creeping thistle, purple-loosetrife, hawkweed, smooth hawk's-beard, bugloss, meadowsweet, cow parsley, hemlock, hogweed, upright hedge-parsley, meadow vetchling, black horehound.
Not bad considering the unexceptional nature of the habitat.