This is common mouse ear (Cerastium fontanum), sometimes called mouse ear chickweed. It grows all over the park for most of the year.Continue reading “Common mouse ear”
Header picture: Suzanne Humphries
Others: as attributed,
Germander speedwell – Veronica chamaedrys
Our woods and hedges are full of greater stitchwort (Stellaria holostea), a fragile plant that avoids the sunlight if it can and leans on the foliage around it for support.
This is black sedge (Carex nigra), also known as common sedge. It grows along the Lambrok tributary either in the shallow water or on the bank and there is a bed of it in the woods just past the wooden bridge.Continue reading
Germander speedwell (Veronica Chamaedrys) in the hedge in Brunts Field.
Pictures by Suzanne Humphries
Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are the commonest of our wildflowers. They grow everywhere: between our paving stones, in flowerbeds, lawns and roadside verges, and straight up through the tarmac of a well-maintained driveway.Continue reading “A closer look at weeds: part 3”
Clearing trees from the new plantations and the areas affected by Ash Die-back has brought spring sunlight to the woodland floor for the first time in years.Continue reading
The bluebells are out in the park’s woods and copses; come and see.Turn the page for a gallery of pictures
A new species for our lists: marsh marigold (Caltha palustris).
Conservation status: Least Concern (population stable); locally threatened by drainage and agricultural improvement.
Another recent addition to our species lists:
Ragwort is extraordinarily successful; all the “injurious weeds” named in the 1959 Weed Act are.Continue reading “Ragwort”
This is ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea), a little blue flower so common as to be almost invisible. It grows all over the park and flowers at any time of the year.Continue reading “A closer look at weeds – part 2”
A picture of Cardamine pratensis sent by Ian Bushell with this message:
” . . .Milkmaid flowering on the Lambrok bank very near the boggy area. ”
Does anybody else call it milkmaid? I call it lady’s smock; is it another of those plants with many different names, like ragwort?
Tell us in the comments below if you have a different name for it.
Cardamine pratensis conservation status UK: Common and widespread