Summer Flowers

Sunday, August 9th 2015

Thistles have been on the blog recently.  Although they are a food source for many bees and butterflies their seeds germinate easily and if left unchecked could cause serious problems.  Our thistles include Marsh, Creeping and Spear.  Another one was added to the list recently, Melancholy Thistle.  This plant was recorded on the species list but has not been seen for several years.  It is now growing in two places.  Why has it just appeared again?  Many suggestions have been put forward but so far we have not arrived at an answer.  Hopefully the seeds from these beautiful flowers will spread.  We will have to wait until next year.  At least we know where to look.

Melancholy Thistle

Hemp-agrimony and Agrimony share a name but  very little else.  Hemp-agrimony belongs to the Daisy family and is pink.  It grows in the Scrapes and can still be seen in flower well into September.

Hemp-agrimony

Agrimony is a tall yellow plant that belongs in the Rose family.  This plant can be seen along the access road.

Agrimony

Earlier in the year Wood Cranesbill was recorded.  Meadow Crane's-bill was seen during the last week.  Although both belong to the same family the spelling of cranesbill appears to be different!

Meadow Crane's-bill

Purple Loosestrife is showing its flower spikes amongst the reeds in the Scrapes.  The arrangement of the stigmas and stamens in different flower spikes ensure that the flowers are cross pollinated by the bees that come to feeed from them.

Purple Loosestrife


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