Fritillaries

The header picture was taken by Chris Seymour, the others by Clive Knight, Ian Bushell and Suzanne Humphries.

A walk in the Park

by Ian Bushell

I took my permitted exercise at the park over lunchtime. There were just eight cars when I arrived at noon and only fifteen when I left an hour later.  People were well spaced all around the park; everybody seems to be taking the new regulations seriously.

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Crocus vernus

Ian Bushell has sent in a picture of Crocus vernus doing its best in heavy rain, with this message:

“. . . this is the small clump of Spring Crocus (Crocus vernus) on the edge of the copse by the pond.  Naturalised as a result of escape from cultivation/or possibly introduced to SCP.”

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Early daffodils

These are not the daffodils we planted in the autumn of 2017; these are a rapidly spreading clump at the bottom of Kestrel Field on the edge of the copse.

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Lungwort

Pulmonaria officinalis

A new species for the park’s lists, found in the Blackthorn Tunnel last week. The plant was not in flower but the leaves are unmistakeable: Pulmonaria officinalis, lungwort.

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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.

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Carnivorous plants

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.

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Selfheal

Here is another member of the Lamiaceae family: Prunella vulgaris, commonly known as selfheal or all-heal. Like the other Lamiaceae that we have looked at, red dead nettle and ground ivy, it has the characteristic two lipped zygomorphic flower and a square stem.

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