Dear Readers, on our first day in Austria we would normally take a gentle stroll through the meadows above Obergurgl, before winding through the woods and ending up at the Sahnestuberl for cake. The restaurant’s cat would wander over for a quick scritch behind the ears before taking up her post watching for the next visitor.
This year, the meadows will bloom unseen by us, but no doubt the first haymaking is already underway or planned. They get two harvests in per year, and the Alpine cows look splendid on their diet, as do the Highland coos (further down the valley there are some belted Galloways as well).
So, have a look at the Alpine flowers below, and see how many of them you recognise from the UK. As usual, answers in the comments by 5 p.m. on Monday if you would like to be marked, and if you don’t want to be influenced by those who have commented before, go ‘old-school’ and write your answers down first.
Here we go!
Your choices are below. So, if you think plant 1 is kidney vetch, your answer is 1) a).
a) Kidney vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria)
b) Red clover (Trifolium pratense)
c) Melancholy thistle (Cirsium heterophyllum)
d) Rosebay willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium)
e) Bladder campion (Silene vulgaris)
f) Wood cranesbill (Geranium sylvaticum)
g) Early marsh orchid (Dactylorhiza incarnata)
h) Pasqueflower (Pulsatilla vulgaris)
i) Wild thyme (Thymus polytrichus)
j) Round-headed rampion (Phyteuma obiculare)
k) Spring gentian (Gentiana verna)
l) Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)