Thursday, 23 July 2020

Grass seeds and arable gold


It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Paul and Bridget James to the arable plant fields of Langley Vale today. We walked far and wide across the area and managed to find most of the notable species that we had targeted, including Night-flowering Catchfly, Blue Pimpernel, Field Gromwell, Field Woundwort and Red Hemp-nettle. The dry spring and early summer has certainly taken its toll on many species, with some crisped and stunted, while others that we expected to be in full flower were already clearly over. However, a most enjoyable day was had and it now remains for us three intrepid botanists to start picking all of the grass seeds out of our socks and footwear...

Field Woundwort
Red Hemp-nettle
Round-headed Rampion
Scarlet Pimpernel (blue flowered)

2 comments:

David said...

Absolutely beautiful flower images...

Steve Gale said...

Thank you David, I'm lucky to live in a particularly rich area botanically