My New Speedo’s

Oh No !

MudfaceI am going to write a post about a Speedwell flower.

I discovered one today that I hadn’t seen before, there are quite a lot of them. Anyway, you are not even in my post tonight.

Oh Please.

Mucky pupDid you wash your face this morning?

Veronica filiformis. This is Slender speedwell.

Slender SpeedwellWorldwide there are about 500 species in the Veronica genus and in the UK we have about two dozen different Speedwell flowers. Half of those are quite rare and the rest… Well, it is just a case of finding them and photographing them. This is number seven for me.

lender SpeedwellWith so many little blue flowers around the problem is usually recognising that I am looking at a species that I haven’t seen before. It is very easy to see a little blue flower and just think, “Speedwell.”

In this case I saw a fairly dense matt of pale flowers and thought, “Wow, speedwells without any leaves.”

They do have leaves , they are just quite small.

lSender Speedwell

Slender Speedwell

Slender Speedwell

Slender SpeedwellSo here is my list to date.

Germander Speedwell(Germander Speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys)

Heath Speedwell(Heath Speedwell, Veronica officinalis)

Ivy-leaved Speedwell(Ivy-leaved Speedwell, Veronica hederifolia)

Persian Speedwell(Persian  or Common Field Speedwell, Veronica persica)

Thyme-leaved Speedwell(Thyme-leaved Speedwell, Veronica serpyllifolia)

Wood Speedwell(Wood Speedwell, Veronica montana)

And now of course…

Slender Speedwell(Slender Speedwell, Veronica filiformis)

So many Veronicas 🙂

I love finding new flowers and I love my Speedwell collection. I would like to add a few more this summer.

I am sorry that this daily post is late. We have been having power cuts all day. It goes on and it goes off and it has been going on for ages, very strange. I am probably the only person being bothered by it because it is now the middle of the night and everybody else is asleep but it is still annoying me.

Fortunately I have got my “light in a bag.”

LuminaidIt is called a Luminaid and it is a solar charged lantern. It throws out enough light to fill the room that I am in and I can read by it and for sleeping in the woods and stuff like that it is perfect. It charges itself in the day and runs all night.

I am not being sponsored to say this but I will see if I can find a video about it because I am loving my Luminaid tonight. (Fizz hasn’t got one but she is asleep)

THIS IS NOT AN ADVERT (I think it is a kind of charity thing)

I am not sure that I am allowed to put adverts on here but nobody is getting paid for anything here and if you want one then  you have to go and find one for yourself and all sorts of places sell them.

I did get approached by a company recently who asked if I would like to write about their product on  my blog but I didn’t really know what it was and so that is on hold for the moment. This little light really works and deserves a free mention tonight because it is dark here. (on and off)

I might like to do some kit reviews one day. It would be things like Buffalo Pile clothing (I bought my first Buffalo sleeping bag thirty years ago), Frosts, knife makers of Sweden (they are called Mora now but I still have my “Frosty”) My little Vango wood burning stove (that has been on here once). There  is kit that I have used for ages and I know that it is good but it wouldn’t be “paid for” advertising.

On that controversial note I will say Goodnight (Good morning)

34 thoughts on “My New Speedo’s”

    1. Thank you Becky 🙂 It is cool. This sounds a bit cranky but, now that I live alone, I like it to be dark at night and light in the day just as I like it to be colder in winter and warm in the summer. It makes me feel closer to nature. I tend to use my little bag light more than I turn on my electric lights. This is the heart breaking bit, in the depths of winter my total fuel bills on this flat have never exceeded £25 a month. I am so mean 🙂 I spend more on the birds in the garden than I do on fuel 🙂 🙂 I will still be able to read your book with my little solar lamp.

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      1. huh, let’s see if I manage to publish a paperback so that your pillow-lamp is useful 🙂 I’m now into my e-reader, I feel sorry for all those forests which died because of my excessive reading-sessions

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  1. Another wonderful range of your plant knowledge. We have lived with solar recharging night lights too. But now we have our mains solar so no more struggles with power unless it’s cloudy for months…

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    1. Thank you Georgina 🙂 The joys of sunny Spain 🙂 Solar power technology keeps getting better. I have just been looking at a little portable device that would clip onto my pack when I am out walking and will recharge my camera batteries as well as powering a tablet and all for £40. What will they invent tomorrow?


    1. Thank you Maureen 🙂 They are tricky little things. I am sure that I have walked passed Speedwells before and not realised that they were just a little bit different from the ones that I know and so missed a treat.

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  2. You’ve just shown me that, since there are so many varieties of speedwell, some other things here are other varieties and I didn’t know that. We learn from you every time you post! That solar lantern is a great thing!

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    1. Thank you Sarasin 🙂 I think that a lot of stuff is just invisible to us and it only becomes visible once we learn about it. It isn’t easy to see the little differences in species until you know that they are there and then you can always see them. I have old photographs of butterflies and when I took the pictures there was no flower, just a butterfly and now when I look there is a flower species that I know and recognise and I think, where did that come from. Invisible stuff, it is a bit scary but it is a shame to walk around in the world and not be able to see it 🙂

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  3. Well your title caught my eye! Our prime minister is well known for wearing Speedo swimwear. I wondered for a moment if we’d see you modelling a pair!
    Fizz is a delightful mud magnet. Does she ever have trouble with sore feet from the getting wet so often? My ancient little furry rat-dog sometimes has issues with fungal infections in her paws but I suppose it’s perhaps not warm enough where you are for that to be a problem?
    LuminAID looks like a great product. I would like to get one for camping. It seems like such a sensible idea.
    A wonderfully informative post once again, Colin. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you Jane 🙂 Prime Ministers in Speedo’s Oh no! Fizz doesn’t seem to have any problems with the wet except that when she is wet and finds a patch of dry earth she instantly rolls in it to dry herself off. It is not a very tidy solution to wetness.

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  4. Great light.

    I’m amazed that there are so many Speedwells, but then my vision is not of the best. Glad your eyesight and attention to detail is teaching us all of these facts. The plant world is fascinating.

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    1. Thank you Vicki 🙂 My eyesight is not what it used to be. That is just something you take for granted when you are young and only miss as you get older. I probably need to move my chair a bit closer to the monitor 🙂

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  5. There are so many speedwells, delightful, even if they like to take over! I’ve learned to keep the spreading ones out of the garden, they can have the fields. V. spicata is my garden darling. I had an old-fashioned violet one that I lost that was a great addition to the garden, but can’t find it anywhere.
    Fizz looks good in camo. 😉
    I love the idea of a solar-powered lantern and your lowered electric bills. Win-win!

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    1. Thank you Eliza 🙂 Oh, I haven’t got Spiked Speedwell in my collection. It is a hard one to miss, so I guess that I just haven’t found it yet and I will keep a sharp eye out for it later in the summer. I believe it flowers around about July over here.

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  6. Those lights are wonderful, especially for people in need…which…eventually could be all of us if the power goes down. Brilliant idea. Applause. Okay Fizz is the dirtiest dog ever, which probably means good times were had by all. The flowers are lovely. 🙂

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  7. Quite by coincidence I photographed Germander Speedo today on a local verge. As our house is being renovated we are living in one room, no curtains. So I wake up with the sun and it is getting noticeably earlier each day. I was out at 5.30 this morning. The birds had already finished the dawn chorus but I love listening to them. The Blackcap still sings like crazy but is now hidden in the foliage. Only the Chiffchaff still sits out and sings in the open. I have my Swiss Army knife, which I like because it has a magnifying glass. I hope the power cuts have finished. We have heavy rain tonight so I am hoping our electrics are in good order. If not I shall be ordering a Lucozade to light up the house.

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    1. Thank you Andrew 🙂 It is normally the dawn chorus that wakes me up. It is usually the Swallows and the Robins and they start before it gets light. So I am usually watching the birds very early. This morning I saw something that I haven’t seen before, a Magpie feeding on the peanut feeder, clinging on to it like an oversized woodpecker. I am going to try and get some pictures of that.Magpies hang around the feeder very early in the day but disappear when it starts to get busy.


    1. Thank you Clare 🙂 I just wish that I could find a few more of the Speedwells. There must be quite a lot of flowers that I never see here that are very common elsewhere. Well I know that is the case because there is lots of stuff that I used to see in my wood that I have never seen here. The Heath Speedwell came from my wood in East Sussex, I have never seen it around here. Heather was abundant there too. I haven’t seen any Heather since I moved here and I keep seeing things on your blog that I just do not see here.

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      1. I think it does depend on the soil and the weather and I am sure there is a difference between the east of the country and the west. I would love to see a Townhall Clock! We have relatives in Manchester and so stay in the Peak District regularly when we visit them. I see so many different plants there – I am very lucky!


    1. Thank you Sandi 🙂 Nearly right. She dried her face in it. We were out in the rain and she was soaked from walking in the long grass. Then we came to a covered area where the soil was really loose , bone dry and dusty. Fizz just couldn’t resist it 🙂

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  8. What a marvelous collection of speedwells. That is a type of collection that I would do (I have a collection of birds that have come to my feeder, and one of wall murals in Portland that I like). Speedwells are a deceptively simple-looking flower at first and they become gorgeous with scrutiny.

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    1. Thank you Crystal 🙂 Speedwells are brilliant. I can’t think of another genus that has so many different species that are all instantly recognisable for what they are and yet so different. A great flower for the collector 🙂

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