Plantlife's UK County Flowers project - you can vote

Mike Hardman(Cyprus, 100m altitude)April 17, 2002

Plantlife is running a 'County Flowers' project in the UK.

This allows anybody to vote for which flower they think should represent the counties (or large metro district) where they live or which they visit in this the Queen's jubilee year. There are one or two Viola represented already, but you may want to add your own votes. And to be honest, of course, you don't have to vote just for violets or pansies. The idea is to think of plants which means something special to the community - either through its contribution to the scenery, or maybe it has some special use, or maybe it is treasured because of its rarity. You are not constrained to choosing from a fixed list of plants; you can add your own suggestions if you wish.

This is all very well organized through the Plantlife web site, making it easy to participate. Note that once you have voted for a county, that county disappears from the list - to make sure you vote only once per county.

Voting continues up to 1Dec02, and results are due to be announced in Feb03. I've made a note in my calendar and will post a followup to note whether any violets or pansies made it or not.

There is a little more information on this project in BSBI News April 2002 pp.50-51, thanks to Trevor Dines, and on the Plantlife web site - have a browse around before you vote.

The project uses common names, not botanical ones, so for ease of reference:

V. odorata = sweet violet

V. hirta = hairy violet

V. palustris = marsh violet or bog violet

V. persicifolia = fen violet

V. rupestris = Teesdale violet (mainly associated with Co. Durham)

V. canina = heath dog violet or dog violet

V. lactea = pale heath violet or pale dog violet

V. riviniana = wood violet or late wood violet or common violet

V. reichenbachiana - early wood violet

V. lutea = mountain pansy

V. tricolor = heartsease or wild pansy

V. tricolor ssp. curtisii = dune pansy

V. arvensis = field pansy

V. kitaibeliana = dwarf pansy

Of course, there are other common names for these species; the above are just some common ones

Mike

Here is a link that might be useful: Plantlife: go here and follow the 'County Flowers' link

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Jill_Ann_Williams(Baltimore, MD)

Thank You Mike for making us aware of the lovely UK site: PLANTLIFE. Although I am not able to vote, because I live in the USA, reading through the site was an inspiration. The 'History of Wildflowers as Symbols' was touching. The theme for our Summer 2002 Journal will be 'Violet Remembrances'. Perhaps some 'Violet' thoughts will be generated by the PLANTLIFE voting, that might be contributed to our Summer 2002 issue. Thanks Mike, also, for the nice listing of Violets with their botantical and common names.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2002 at 8:29PM
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Mike Hardman(Cyprus, 100m altitude)

Well folks, the main votes are in and counted. For each county the top two nominations have been listed, and you have until 31oct03 to lodge your final votes - to choose between each pair of plants per county. More info at the link.

That page gives a link to a page showing all the finalist plants - and Viola is included as follows:
- Selkirkshire: Mountain pansy (V. lutea)
- Devon: sweet violet (V. odorata)
- Nottinghamshire: sweet violet (V. odorata)
- Fermanagh: marsh violet (V. palustris)
- Herefordshire: common dog violet (photo is ambiguous re species!)
- Lincolnshire: common dog violet (photo is ambiguous re species!)

You can vote for each county only once; make it count!
(Scroll to the bottom of the page (see link) for the voting button.)

Here is a link that might be useful: County Flowers - current status and what to do

    Bookmark   March 25, 2003 at 7:42PM
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Mike Hardman(Cyprus, 100m altitude)

Lst chance to get in on the next stage of voting; it is supposed to close on 31oct03, but the voting system on the web site is still running...

Bluebell was the most popular for the UK as a whole, but the counties are not yet decided. You can vote for one of the two finalists for each county.

Remarkably, for every county where violets or pansies were available as a choice in the first round of voting, they made it into the last two !!

So you have the same counties to consider:
- Selkirkshire: Mountain pansy (V. lutea)
- Devon: sweet violet (V. odorata)
- Nottinghamshire: sweet violet (V. odorata)
- Fermanagh: marsh violet (V. palustris)
- Herefordshire: common dog violet (photo is ambiguous re species!)
- Lincolnshire: common dog violet (photo is ambiguous re species!)

The link has changed - as below

Here is a link that might be useful: Click here and then on the 'County Flowers' link

    Bookmark   November 2, 2003 at 9:36AM
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Mike Hardman(Cyprus, 100m altitude)

Sorry.
Clearly my reading and memory abilities are going downhill...
In my preceding two postings, there is an obvious reason why the list of counties is the same - it is the same round of voting - duuh stupid! :(

    Bookmark   November 2, 2003 at 9:49AM
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