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Victor using a flowerpot for a pillow

 

observing rosettes

I torture myself by observing and photographing rosettes (in a local park) which are often dug up or mown down before I get to see them identified. I still hope I can see them to flowering one day. (Don't let anyone see me photograph them or take an interest - sure fire way for the weedkiller / mower to come out)

this might be Crepis vesicaria?

weed rosette

this might be Crepis vesicaria?

some possible Crepis vesicaria, top right shepherd's purse?

shepherd's purse?

hedge mustard rosette

hedge mustard rosette

smooth sow thistle rosettes

smooth sow thistle

rosette in a pavement crack

prickly sow thistle (Sonchus asper) initial basal rosette, see more rosettes at my rosette page

rosettes and narrow-leaved ragwort and hoary mustard in east London December 2020

I think these are beaked hawk's-beard (Crepis vesicaria) but I'm not absolutely sure. I saw a lot of this hawk's-beard last spring but these rosettes are earlier and I'm not that confident of my ID but maybe I should be - same location, not dandelion, if not Crepis vesicaria, I don't know what they are yet.

     

 

 

narrow-leaved ragwort (Senecio inaequidens) I saw in east London yesterday

narrow-leaved ragwort

narrow-leaved ragwort

narrow-leaved ragwort (Senecio inaequidens)

in that area was also hoary mustard

hoary mustard (Hirschfeldia incana)

hoary mustard (Hirschfeldia incana)

hoary mustard (Hirschfeldia incana)

hoary mustard (Hirschfeldia incana)

hoary mustard (Hirschfeldia incana)

one who is tired of London (weed rosettes) is tired of life

I still love them, starting with a perfect hawkweed oxtongue rosette interspersed with herb robert, chickweed, smooth sow thistle, hairy bittercress and groundsel

hawkweed oxtongue

loving the geometric buck's-horn plantain, one rosette

buck's-horn plantain

two rosette

buck's-horn plantain

three rosettes and more

buck's-horn plantain

a carpet of buck's-horn plantain rosettes

buck's-horn plantain

the ever variable shepherd's purse

shepherd's purse

shepherd's purse

shepherd's purse

shepherd's purse

shepherd's purse

a carpet of shepherd's purse

shepherd's purse

nipplewort

nipplewort initial basal rosette

horseweed (Erigeron canadensis or one of the similar ones)

horseweed erigeron canadensis

prickly sow thistle

prickly sow thistle

not the usual rosette but rather rosette-like spotted medick (Medicago arabica)

black medick

Hedge Mustard Rosettes

It's been nothing but hoary mustard for months, suddenly hedge mustard is here! (Sisymbrium officinale)

hedge mustard rosette

hedge mustard rosette

hedge mustard sisymbrium officinale rosette

2 overlapping hedge mustard rosettes

hedge mustard sisymbrium officinale rosette

hedge mustard rosettes with a smooth or prickly sow thistle in the middle

hedge mustard sisymbrium officinale rosette

hedge mustard just forming a rosette

hedge mustard sisymbrium officinale rosette

Rosettes - extremely large and extremely small

size extremes of rosettes, from a huge spear thistle (Cirsium vulgare) to tiny storks-bill (Erodium cicutarium), shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) and green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens) (I think - not totally sure on that one)

spear thistle (Cirsium vulgare) initial basal rosette, over 1.2 m so far

large spear thistle rosette cirsium vulgare

a very small rosette on the pavement

a close-up of that rosette, I think it's green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens) but I will keep an eye on it

storks-bill rosettes, the one on the right is tiny

storks-bill rosettes

the environment where some very rosettes are growing in the cracks, including shepherd's purse

that tiny shepherd's purse rosette from above, small but perfectly formed

shepherd's purse

another grey wet November day

It was a somewhat grey miserable day yesterday but I had to go to the post office and drop off a book so I was able to observe some plants and of course, I had to take some photos.

cat's-ear rosette

cats-ear

another cat's-ear

cat's-ear

Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed

autumn hawkbit which has already bloomed

autumn hawkbit

hawkweed oxtongue

hawkweed oxtongue

bristly oxtongue

bristly oxtongue

winter heliotrope

winter heliotrope

left to right, hellebore, pulmonaria, winter heliotrope

the hellebore was just starting to bloom

hellebore

left to right, smooth sow thistle, horseweed, dandelion

the year of hoary mustard

I continue to see lots of hoary mustard (Hirschfeldia incana) - it is this year? or just a reflection of the places I walk to?

hoary mustard

hoary mustard initial basal rosette

hoary mustard initial basal rosette

hoary mustard inital basal rosette

on my favourite railway bridge I also continue to see hawkweed oxtongue rosettes

hawkweed oxtongue initial basal rosette

hawkweed oxtongue initial basal rosette

I also saw some red clover

red clover

red clover

I was surprised to see this buck's-horn plantain on the pavement - and in bud. 

close-up view

buck's-horn plantain

wider view of the entire plant

buck's-horn plantain

along the railway line

I love access to the railway line - a guaranteed isolated area for wild flowers to grow. The problem is so many of the railway lines in London are fenced off, walled off, inaccessible. This one area of the north London line where the Overground and freight trains run is at least visible through railings which allow my small camera to fit through so I can take photos and I don't see evidence of weedkiller along the tracks recently. 

plants along the railway line

And as a bonus the Post Office Tower is visible in the distance.

plants along the railway line

 

plants along the railway line

This is the year (or time of year) of hoary mustard (Hirschfeldia incana)! I have seen so much of it, especially along the railway line here.

hoary mustard along railway line

hoary mustard along railway line

hoary mustard in front of the railings and behind the railings to the right, hawkweed oxtongue to the left behind the railings, Post Office Tower in the distance

hoary mustard Post Office Tower in the background

this line runs underneath the line above, smooth sow thistle and hoary mustard

Oxford ragwort (Senecio squalidus), famous for spreading along the railway lines of Britain

Oxford ragwort along railway line

Oxford ragwort on the left, hoary mustard on the right

oxford ragwort along railway line

Oxford ragwort

Oxford ragwort

Oxford ragwort

Oxford ragwort

purple toadflax and hawkweed oxtongue

purple toadflax and hawkweed oxtongue

hawkweed oxtongue (Picris hieraciodes)

hawkweed oxtongue

hawkweed oxtongue

hawkweed oxtongue

hawkweed oxtongue

hawkweed oxtongue

a huge hawkweed oxtongue initial basal rosette

hawkweed oxtongue initial basal rosette

aster amellus, Michaelmas daisy in flower

Michaelmas daisy

aster amellus Michaelmas daisy in bud

aster amellus

toadflax (Linaria vulgaris)

toadflax

more toadflax with a dandelion amongst it

toadflax

stinging nettle nearby with huge leaves

stinging nettle huge leaves

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