Pete's Walks - Field Pansy

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Photo taken 9/05/06 near Northchurch, Herts

 

I first saw this flower in a stubble field near Northchurch when I was doing one of my all-day walks round Ashridge. I've seen it a few times since on the Chiltern Heritage Trail and on my second Chiltern Way walk. It's a widespread and common weed of cultivated land, but I think it's very pretty. It sometimes has violet and/or yellow patches - the examples below have both. It flowers from April onwards, and apparently can flower right through very mild winters.

 

Photo taken 14/05/08 near Chalfont St Giles on Walk 9 of the Chiltern Chain Walk.

 

Photo taken 24/05/08 near Great Hampden on Walk 12 of the Chiltern Chain Walk