Late Summer

Sunday, August 17th 2014

Late summer is a time when flowers are blooming and fruits are ripening.  Devil's Bit Scabious is just coming into flower.  It is important at this time of year, as it provides pollen and nectar for many insects, including bees, butterflies and hoverflies.

Devil's Bit Scabious

Blackberries are setting their fruit and after the rain should develop into juicy berries for us - whoops - small mammals, Roe Deer and birds.  There are still many Blackberry flowers in bloom, again providing food for a variety of insects.

Blackberry flower

Meadow Sweet has a delicate scent and again attracts insects, especially our hive bees.  It has a long flowering period and often there can be flowers and seeds growing together.

Meadow Sweet flowers and seeds

Roses only flower for a short time.  Their green fruits have been developing over the last few weeks and have suddenly turned red.  Not many mammals or birds enjoy these fruits and so they are often left on the shrub until spring.

Ripoe Rose hip

However the Rowan Berries are thoroughly enjoyed by Blackbirds and Thrushes.  Usually they have cleared the trees long before the Redwing and Fieldfares arrive from further north.

Rowan Berries


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