I photographed these chicory (cichorium intybus) flowers a few days ago. I wasn’t sure what plant it was at the time and had to look it up. It was growing in a strip of land about 2-3 metres wide and many metres long along with two other species of flower – melilotus and phacelia. This combination possibly indicates they are being used as green manure to improve the soil there, although chicory is also used as a forage crop. These plants are also nectar-rich and were attracting lots of bees and butterflies (and little black beetles which seemed to be on every flower).
I really like the colour and texture of the flowers – the petals look like they are made out of fabric which has been trimmed at the end with pinking shears!