This is common fleabane (Pulicaria dysenterica); it is a plant that grows all over the place but nobody ever seems to know its name. As the park’s summer wildflowers go to seed, the fleabane is a welcome splash of colour beside the paths.Continue reading
The lower leaves of a teasel grow opposite each other in pairs and each pair joins together around the stem, forming a cup. The cups fill with rainwater and insects fall into the little pools where they drown.Continue reading
This is wild teasel (Dipsacus fullonum), sometimes called the common teasel, photographed in Lambrok Meadow next to Lambrok Stream.Continue reading “Teasel”
The 1959 Injurious Weeds Act does not just apply to ragwort. It names four more species as well: broad leaved dock, creeping thistle, curled dock, and the spear thistle . The park has all of them.Continue reading “Creeping thistle”
This year the park produced beautiful hay: a variety of grasses, dry, sweet smelling, full of wildflower and not a single shred of ragwort anywhere.Continue reading “Ragwort again”
Water plantain ( Alisma plantago-aquatica) thriving in the Lambrok TributaryContinue reading “Water plantain”
A gallery of colour to lift the sombre, over-grown greens of all the latest pictures on the home page.
This has been a year of astonishing growth: more grass than we have ever seen, nettles at head height, trees and shrubs sagging under the weight of blossom. Our common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) is standing seven feet tall in places with flower-heads the size of dinner plates.Continue reading “Hogweed”
by Ian BushellContinue reading “A walk in the park”
This is Stachys sylvatica, commonly known as hedge nettle, hedge stachys or hedge woundwort. It is growing at the far end of Lambrok Meadow.Continue reading
Chris Seymour’s pictures of the park’s common spotted orchids.
Dog roses (Rosa canina) are in flower in the park’s hedges. We are promised good weekend weather so come and see.