Today I returned, resolving to do a little better. The weather was fine and I felt very optimistic as I set out. The hawthorn bushes in the hedgerow were heavy with blossom and the hillsides were studded with sky-blue patches of Common Field Speedwell, Veronica persica. (As children we always called it simply Birdseye.) G.Claridge Druce, in his 1930 flora of the county describes it as 'ericetal', i.e. growing on acid soil where Erica (Heather) might occur. Certainly the soil on Borough Hill is a bit on the acid side.
The Birdseye Speedwell, Veronica persica, on Borough Hill, Daventry
27 May, 2016