Beyond the Garden Gate in May

Beyond the garden gate there is a lovely meadow, left to grow until early June, when it will be cut for hay.


This year the dandelions were less profuse, making room for moon daisies and meadow sage, clover, buttercups and many grasses, but it was the harebells that drew me in…


Several different kinds grow nearby, and can be seen all through the summer along the roadsides, nodding lazily in the breeze as we rush past… such romantic little flowers!


Campanula patula

This one has pointed petals unlike the more well-known harebell Campanula rotundifolia (the Scottish bluebell). I call them all harebells, but Wikipedia calls these “bellflowers”…



I love the fair lilies and roses so gay,
They are rich in their pride and their splendor;
But still more do I love to wander away
To the meadow so sweet,
Where down at my feet,
The harebell blooms modest and tender.

by Dora Read Goodale – Queen Harebell.


Do harebells grow near you too?


Have great weekend!


42 thoughts on “Beyond the Garden Gate in May

    • I also love seeing meadows full of wild flowers blowing in the breeze, and in this one I could already here the crickets and grasshoppers! Thanks for visiting! πŸ˜€

    • It’s been pretty stormy here the last few days too, so they are probably all flattened now! I got there just in time I think. Hope your weather settles down too!

  1. I love to see Bavarian meadows! In my Area in the North a bellflower on sand and in woods is more common (C. rotundifolia ?). Only twice I have seen yours – growing on dams near the water (Deiche).

    • Yes, the later blooming ones are C. rotundifolia and we see them too. But I have seen several different ones over the years and don’t know all the names!

  2. A wonderful post, Cathy! Like the pictures of these romantic flowers and the lovely poem.
    Campanula patula is growing in the slopes behind our house, too, as well as meadow sage. C. patula sometimes is named “Elfenblume” because of its beauty and tenderness. And – as far as I remember – “Glockenblumen” often are drawn as flower dresses of fairies and in children`s books campanulas open the pathway to the “kingdom of dwarfs”…

    • That is very apt as they do conjure up images of fairies and “little people”! I wonder what the correct name is for the Glockenblumen I have from you… any ideas?

  3. Such a lovely wildflower meadow! It is a wonderful sight. There are hardly any meadows left here and it is a terrible loss.
    The true harebell: Campanula rotundifolia grows in the north of England and Scotland. I grew up in the Derbyshire Peak District and the dainty harebells were in bloom from July to September; always a welcome sight. They are absolutely beautiful.
    I love all bell flowers though, and I grow a lot of different ones in the garden.

    • There are lots of protected areas near us, and strict rules for farmers about when they may mow. This means the flowers have a chance to seed before the meadow is cut for hay. Some of the flowers get a second life then and flower again. I have some campanulas in the garden too, but don’t know the name of them… yet! The C. rotundifolia flowers in summer here as well. πŸ˜€

  4. What a beautiful place, I love seeing all that blooming stuff in amongst the grass. We don’t have harebells here, in fact other than dandelions and oxeye daisies we don’t have all that many meadow flowers for early summer. We do have a lot of the later ones though- goldenrod, asters, rudbeckias, joe pye weed…. But I think I prefer your harebells πŸ™‚

    • We are very lucky to have several meadows nearby with wildflowers, some of which are in the nature reserve and are therefore protected. Near the canal there are so many wild flowers later in the year too, and I’ll have to try and get some photos to share. Have a good week!

  5. Hi Cathy, I absolutely love your picture, I haven’t seen beyond your garden gate before and I have to ask why you do not share this fabulous view more often. I have not seen any wild Harebells yet this year, I do not know why….I have just looked this up on the wildlife trust site who say they flower here between July and September, I hope they are just arriving on schedule for us and not missing. Have a lovely weekend. πŸ™‚

    • The ones with rounded petals (C. rotundifolia) flower later here too Julie, so we are lucky to have some all through late spring as well as the summer. Beyond the garden gate there is just so much wildlife I could never cover it all, so I’ll stick to within the boundaries for now! LOL! One day I might have to start a second blog just for the countryside… when I retire perhaps! πŸ˜‰

      • That’s a good question… Yorkshire is such a big county with habitats from coast and moors to farmland and hills, there’s a lot to choose from. But I do love to see the primroses and cowslips flowering in the wild, so maybe I’d choose one of those.

  6. Campanula rotundifolia is also native to eastern North America. I grow some in my garden. A tough little plant with such dainty flowers. Oh, how I would love to have a big grassy meadow just outside our garden!

  7. How delightful, Cathy! The campanula is so pretty but it doesn’t grow in our meadows. I’ve spotted them during our hikes though along road verges. You’re very lucky to have such a meadow outside your garden gate πŸ™‚

    • I realize how lucky we are when I return to England and see the grass verges all cut and free of any wild flowers at all. So sad. The Bavarians know how to care for the countryside pretty well. πŸ˜€

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