Wild beauty!

Jouni Laaksonen 15.6.2020

It’s been so sunny and warm now for two weeks. The summer sure got an early start! In our yard everything is green – except if it’s bright orange, dazzling blue, radiant yellow, or some hue of red… The garden flowers are beautiful, but my personal favourite is a wild one, Red Campion.

There are thousands of Red Campions growing around our house. The first ones started to bloom already a week ago, and new ones will start to bloom as the first ones start to wither, and this continues for almost all the summer.

Red Campion inspired me to write this post. There are many other wild beauties in the Finnish forests and fells, and here is a selection of ten.

Red Campion (Silene dioica)

Globeflower (Trollius europaeus)

Hiking in Finland guidebook

Heath Spotted-orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata)

Hiking in Finland guidebook

Fairy Slipper (Calypso bulbosa)

Hiking in Finland guidebook

Alpine Catchfly (Viscaria alpina var. serpentinicola)

Hiking in Finland guidebook

Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium calceolus)

Hiking in Finland guidebook

Northern Catchfly (Silene wahlbergella)

Hiking in Finland guidebook

Yellow Mountain Saxifrage (Saxifraga aizoides)

Hiking in Finland guidebook

Moor-king (Pedicularis sceptrum-carolinum)

Hiking in Finland guidebook

Mountain Avens (Dryas octopetala)

Hiking in Finland guidebook

Moonwort (Botrychium lunaria)

Which flower is your favourite?

An excellent source of information on Finnish flowers (and birds, butterflies and more) is luontoportti.com. It provides a lot of information on several languages, including English.

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Maybe in the next posts I finally get to conclude my twelve post series about the reasons of Finnish wilderness hut system. Unless something inspires me to sidestep again. 🙂

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