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A tall plant (it can grow up to a meter and a half in height) with branched stems and large, bright yellow flowers. Its leaves are long and sword-shaped. It grows from a thick rhizome at the base. This give a black dye and black ink.  The yellow iris is thought by some to be the original 'fleur-de-lis' - a common symbol of heraldry.  Info: Plantlife Water Garden Plants, Tall Plants, Aquatic Plants, Flower Fairies, Native Plants, Trees To Plant, Yellow Flowers, Landscape Paintings, Landscapes

I Spy... Yellow Flag Iris | Matara Habitats | Matara Gardens & Parklands | Visit Cotswold

A tall plant (it can grow up to a meter and a half in height) with branched stems and large, bright yellow flowers. Its leaves are long and sword-shaped. It grows from a thick rhizome at the base. This give a black dye and black ink. The yellow iris is thought by some to be the original 'fleur-de-lis' - a common symbol of heraldry. Info: Plantlife

The White water-lily is a common plant of still or slow-moving water and grows in ponds, lakes, canals and ditches. It has large, lily-pad leaves that are up to 30cm across, and grows in water up to 5m deep; the leaves and flowers float at the surface, while the rest of the plant is submerged, growing from the mud at the bottom. It flowers during the summer, from June to August, the blooms opening up in the sunshine. Info: The Wildlife Trusts Farm Pond, Moving Water, Unique Wedding Venues, White Lilies, Water Flowers, Landscaping Plants, Planting Flowers, Flowering Plants, Habitats

I Spy... White Water Lily | Matara Habitats | Matara Gardens & Parklands | Visit Cotswold

The White water-lily is a common plant of still or slow-moving water and grows in ponds, lakes, canals and ditches. It has large, lily-pad leaves that are up to 30cm across, and grows in water up to 5m deep; the leaves and flowers float at the surface, while the rest of the plant is submerged, growing from the mud at the bottom. It flowers during the summer, from June to August, the blooms opening up in the sunshine. Info: The Wildlife Trusts

Huge, sweeping and romantic, the white willow is a typical weeping willow. Spot it at riversides with leaves draped in the water where it feeds and shelters native wildlife. All willows were seen as trees of celebration in biblical times, but this changed over time and today willows are more associated with sadness and mourning. Willow is often referred to in poetry in this way, and is depicted as such in Shakespeare's Hamlet, with Ophelia drowning near a willow tree. Info: Woodland Trust Weeping Willow, Willow Tree, Garden Trees, Lawn And Garden, Backyard Trees, Sauce Arbol, Types Of Soil, Soil Type, Gardens

I Spy... Weeping Willow | Matara Habitats | Matara Gardens & Parklands | Visit Cotswold

Huge, sweeping and romantic, the white willow is a typical weeping willow. Spot it at riversides with leaves draped in the water where it feeds and shelters native wildlife. All willows were seen as trees of celebration in biblical times, but this changed over time and today willows are more associated with sadness and mourning. Willow is often referred to in poetry in this way, and is depicted as such in Shakespeare's Hamlet, with Ophelia drowning near a willow tree. Info: Woodland Trust

There are about 14 or 15 species or hybrids of mint growing in the UK, most of which have very aromatic leaves. Water Mint prefers damp habitats and grows in water, making it a good choice for wildlife ponds and bog gardens. Its leaves can be used in the same way as other mints, flavouring cooking and drinks. It flowers from July to October and spreads vigorously using its creeping runners.  Info: The Wildlife Trusts Water Garden Plants, Bog Plants, Mint Plants, Herbal Plants, Herbal Teas, Mint Garden, Bog Garden, Herb Garden, Garden Ponds

I Spy... Water Mint | Matara Habitats | Matara Gardens & Parklands | Visit Cotswold

There are about 14 or 15 species or hybrids of mint growing in the UK, most of which have very aromatic leaves. Water Mint prefers damp habitats and grows in water, making it a good choice for wildlife ponds and bog gardens. Its leaves can be used in the same way as other mints, flavouring cooking and drinks. It flowers from July to October and spreads vigorously using its creeping runners. Info: The Wildlife Trusts

Brush through a wildflower meadow at the height of summer and you'll hear the tiny seeds of yellow-rattle rattling in their brown pods, hence its name. Yellow-rattle is the foodplant for the larvae of two rare moths, including the grass rivulet. Info: The Wildlife Trust Unique Wedding Venues, Unique Weddings, The Tiny Seed, Event Venues, Habitats, Wild Flowers, In The Heights, Grass, Dandelion

I Spy... Yellow Rattle | Matara Habitats | Matara Gardens & Parklands | Visit Cotswold

Brush through a wildflower meadow at the height of summer and you'll hear the tiny seeds of yellow-rattle rattling in their brown pods, hence its name. Yellow-rattle is the foodplant for the larvae of two rare moths, including the grass rivulet. Info: The Wildlife Trust

Yarrow's pretty little flowers, usually white but can be pink, cluster together in tight groups to resemble flat umbrellas.  The leaves are like feathers and are aromatic if crushed.  The plant is named after the Greek hero Achilles who is supposed to have used the plant to treat wounds on the battle field.  Yarrow is used in a host of remedies, from healing wounds to colds and fever, stomach ulcers and rheumatism.  Info: Plantlife Little Flowers, Yellow Flowers, Yarrow Plant, Achillea Millefolium, Herb Seeds, Top Soil, Unique Wedding Venues, Medicinal Herbs, Habitats

I Spy... Yarrow | Matara Habitats | Matara Gardens & Parklands | Visit Cotswold

Yarrow's pretty little flowers, usually white but can be pink, cluster together in tight groups to resemble flat umbrellas. The leaves are like feathers and are aromatic if crushed. The plant is named after the Greek hero Achilles who is supposed to have used the plant to treat wounds on the battle field. Yarrow is used in a host of remedies, from healing wounds to colds and fever, stomach ulcers and rheumatism. Info: Plantlife

Vernacular names include Milky blobs, Sheepy-maa's and Bee-bread. The latter name "Bee-bread" derives from the fact that the white flowers can be pulled out of the heads and sucked for a bead of honey.  Four- and, even better, five-leaved clovers are considered lucky, though ideally you must come across them accidentally. They were pressed and used as bookmarks in prayer books in parts of Buckinghamshire.  Info: Plantlife Clover Plant, Clover Flower, White Dutch Clover, Seeds For Sale, Yellow Painting, Civil War Quilts, Bottle Art, Fade To Black, Nature

I Spy... White Clover| Matara Habitats | Matara Gardens & Parklands | Visit Cotswold

Vernacular names include Milky blobs, Sheepy-maa's and Bee-bread. The latter name "Bee-bread" derives from the fact that the white flowers can be pulled out of the heads and sucked for a bead of honey. Four- and, even better, five-leaved clovers are considered lucky, though ideally you must come across them accidentally. They were pressed and used as bookmarks in prayer books in parts of Buckinghamshire. Info: Plantlife

Scrambling plant with 10-40 blue violet flowers in a one sided cluster. Leaves pinnate with 6-10 pairs of leaflets and branched tendrils at leaf tip.  Local names include Cat-peas, Cow-vetch and Fingers-and-thumbs (the pods end in a nail or claw).  A member of the pea family (legumes), Common Vetch is able to make its own nitrates. This makes it useful as a soil-fertilising plant and is also often used as livestock fodder  Info: Plantlife Unique Wedding Venues, Unique Weddings, Fertilizer For Plants, Leaflets, Livestock, Event Venues, Habitats, Fingers, Cow

I Spy... Vetch | Matara Habitats | Matara Gardens & Parklands | Visit Cotswold

Scrambling plant with 10-40 blue violet flowers in a one sided cluster. Leaves pinnate with 6-10 pairs of leaflets and branched tendrils at leaf tip. Local names include Cat-peas, Cow-vetch and Fingers-and-thumbs (the pods end in a nail or claw). A member of the pea family (legumes), Common Vetch is able to make its own nitrates. This makes it useful as a soil-fertilising plant and is also often used as livestock fodder Info: Plantlife

The tiny wren, with its typically cocked tail, is a welcome and common visitor to gardens across town and countryside. It builds its domed nests in sheltered bushes and rock crevices.  Info: The Wildlife Trusts Tiny Bird, Small Birds, Wind And Rain, Unique Wedding Venues, White Eyes, Body Heat, Wild Birds, Wren

I Spy... Wren | Matara Habitats | Matara Gardens & Parklands | Visit Cotswold

The tiny wren, with its typically cocked tail, is a welcome and common visitor to gardens across town and countryside. It builds its domed nests in sheltered bushes and rock crevices. Info: The Wildlife Trusts

A delicious sign of the old, wild garlic is also known as ramsons. Look for them in shady woods where they coat the woodland floor in spring. The second half of the Latin name, ursinum, refers to the fact that brown bears loved to eat the bulb. This also gave rise to two of its common names – bear’s leek and bear garlic. Info: Woodland Trust Wild Garlic Plant, Edible Wild Mushrooms, Types Of Onions, Wild Onions, Plant Fungus, Container Vegetables, Wild Edibles, Plant Sale, Fruit Garden

I Spy... Wild Garlic | Matara Habitats | Matara Gardens & Parklands | Visit Cotswold

A delicious sign of the old, wild garlic is also known as ramsons. Look for them in shady woods where they coat the woodland floor in spring. The second half of the Latin name, ursinum, refers to the fact that brown bears loved to eat the bulb. This also gave rise to two of its common names – bear’s leek and bear garlic. Info: Woodland Trust

In early spring woodpeckers bang their bills against the trunk of a tree over and over again. This is known as ‘drumming’. Woodpeckers drum for the same reasons that other birds sing – to mark their territory and to attract a mate. There are three species of British woodpecker and they've each got their own unique and interesting talents.   info: Wildlife Watch Unique Wedding Venues, Event Venues, Habitats, Wildlife, Woodpeckers, Birds, Early Spring, Drum, British

I Spy... Woodpecker | Matara Habitats | Matara Gardens & Parklands | Visit Cotswold

In early spring woodpeckers bang their bills against the trunk of a tree over and over again. This is known as ‘drumming’. Woodpeckers drum for the same reasons that other birds sing – to mark their territory and to attract a mate. There are three species of British woodpecker and they've each got their own unique and interesting talents. info: Wildlife Watch

Similar to the Common backswimmer, the Lesser water boatman has oar-like legs to help it swim, but it does not swim upside-down. It is herbivorous and can be found at the surface of ponds, lakes and ditches.  Info: The Wildlife Trusts Aquatic Insects, Mosquito Larvae, South Windsor, Baby Bug, Flying Insects, Unique Wedding Venues, Pictures Of The Week, Habitats, Fun Facts

I Spy... Water Boatmen | Matara Habitats | Matara Gardens & Parklands | Visit Cotswold

Similar to the Common backswimmer, the Lesser water boatman has oar-like legs to help it swim, but it does not swim upside-down. It is herbivorous and can be found at the surface of ponds, lakes and ditches. Info: The Wildlife Trusts

A breeding bird of fast-flowing, upland rivers, the grey wagtail can also be seen in lowland areas, farmyards and even towns in winter.  Info: The Wildlife Trusts Grey Wagtail, Bird Gif, Unique Wedding Venues, One Summer, Canario, Farm Yard, Canary Islands, Tenerife, Bird Feathers

I Spy... Wagtail| Matara Habitats | Matara Gardens & Parklands | Visit Cotswold

A breeding bird of fast-flowing, upland rivers, the grey wagtail can also be seen in lowland areas, farmyards and even towns in winter. Info: The Wildlife Trusts

Lover of damp log piles and deep leaf litter. The common toad spends much of its year in moist, shaded places, often in woodland, feeding on worms, slugs and insects. When it’s scared or threatened, the warts on its back secrete a vile-tasting substance – its defence against predators.  Info: Woodland Trust Frog Facts, Crocodile Animal, Frog And Toad, Reptiles And Amphibians, Habitats, Cute Animals, American, Frogs, Animals

I Spy... Toadsl | Matara Habitats | Matara Gardens & Parklands | Visit Cotswold

Lover of damp log piles and deep leaf litter. The common toad spends much of its year in moist, shaded places, often in woodland, feeding on worms, slugs and insects. When it’s scared or threatened, the warts on its back secrete a vile-tasting substance – its defence against predators. Info: Woodland Trust

When tadpoles have fully absorbed their tails, they leave the water as tiny froglets. Adult frogs may be seen around ponds or in damp areas of the garden as they attempt to cool off in the hot weather. Summer is also the time when the frog disease ranavirus is active.  Info: Froglife Pond Life, British Wildlife, Frog And Toad, Unique Wedding Venues, Lily Pond, Letting Go Of Him, Learn Korean, Reptiles And Amphibians, Habitats

I Spy... Tadpole | Matara Habitats | Matara Gardens & Parklands | Visit Cotswold

When tadpoles have fully absorbed their tails, they leave the water as tiny froglets. Adult frogs may be seen around ponds or in damp areas of the garden as they attempt to cool off in the hot weather. Summer is also the time when the frog disease ranavirus is active. Info: Froglife

Look out for the swallow performing great aerial feats as it catches its insect-prey on the wing. You may also see it perching on a wire, or roosting in a reedbed, as it makes its way back to Africa for the winter.  Info: The Wildlife Trust Barn Swallow, Do Anything, Habitats, Videos, 1, This Or That Questions, Christian, Animals, Birds

I Spy... Swallow | Matara Habitats | Matara Gardens & Parklands | Visit Cotswold

Look out for the swallow performing great aerial feats as it catches its insect-prey on the wing. You may also see it perching on a wire, or roosting in a reedbed, as it makes its way back to Africa for the winter. Info: The Wildlife Trust