Tuesday, 28 June 2016

More green stuff


Two delicate plants for you this morning, both being quite local around here. On the left is Common Valerian. I found a few tall specimens growing on a chalky slope above Chipstead Bottom, and even though I have walked past this spot many times before, have not previously seen it here. And on the right is Pale Toadflax, a modest but rather fine species, which is found sparingly on Park Downs. A quick check at Fames Rough revealed a flowering Ground Pine (looking sickly) and the few Cut-leaved Germander plants that are present are now heavily in bud.

There were modest numbers of Marbled Whites and Meadow Browns on the wing, a scattering of Large Skippers, but butterfly numbers still seem depressed to me.

3 comments:

  1. Butterfly numbers are depressed, or at least, here on Sheppey they are. Small Torts. Red Admirals and Peacocks on ones and twos, A few Small Heaths and Meadow Browns and Common Blues and that's about it so far.
    The Common Valerian and Pale Toadflax are new to me.

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  2. Both new to me too, red valerian is everywhere round here

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  3. Common Valerian is an odd one for me. I'm always pleased to see it without thinking too much about it. It's nice an it's just being there.

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