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flowerpot for a pillow

I hope I can share a little of what I've learned - and there is so much more to learn. Let's learn to love dandelions! and all those wildflowers that are so helpful for bees.dandelion

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Victor using a flowerpot for a pillow

 

observing new waste ground

February 20th I noticed this new waste ground which looks recently filled with soil by workmen. I noticed there's just the start of some plants. I was curious which plants appear first so took a closer look.

these small rosettes are different, one swinecress, the other mayweed, scented / unscented / pineapple weed?

swinecress

21-3-2021

31-3-2021

18-4-2021

a few weeks later, despite no rain, a number of further plants have grown

the feathery mayweed-type plant turned out to be pineapple weed

pineapple weed

some sort of polygonum?, persicaria? has sprouted

I think this is a poppy

25-4-2021

3-5-2021

lesser swinecress

after observing the swinecress for a couple months, I was able to observe the resulting fruits which are lesser swinecress

polygonums, awaiting more details to identify definitively

chickweed

speedwell

sticky mouseear

sticky mouseear

9-5-2021

I have a bad feeling my fun in observing wild plants growing is coming to an end. A bag of grass seed has been put there, presumably to sow it imminently.

wildflowers in a concrete environment

There's a patch of annual wall rocket (Diplotaxis muralis) I see locally which I struggle to photograph clearly, especially without the dog poop. There's not much green around there so this tree pit seems to be a favourite for dogs.

annual wall rocket

I wish I had a clear photo of a wall rocket rosette to add to my Rosettes page. I've had to blank out the dog poop in the photo above.

annual wall rocket rosette

annual wall rocket

annual wall rocket

annual wall rocket

annual wall rocket

annual wall rocket

annual wall rocket

annual wall rocket

annual wall rocket

May 2021

My auriculas are not behaving very well - they should be specimen blooms but they're sprawling with lots and lots of flowers!

auricula

the lack of rain has been heart-breaking, rough hawk's-beard (Crepis vesicaria) struggling to grow in difficult conditions

crepis vesicaria

this was it back on 18-3-2021

crepis vesicaria

and a week or so later with visible buds

crepis vesicaria

close-up of those buds

crepis vesicaria buds

some other previously dandelion-looking Crepis vesicarias

crepis vesicaria

crepis vesicaria

crepis vesicaria

crepis vesicaria

crepis vesicaria

this photo was taken back in March and I thought it looked rather dandelion-like but was advised it was indeed Crepis vesicaria, as shown above, it is indeed Crepis vesicaria

crepis vesicaria

end of April 2021

she likes to poop in my pots

fox pooping pot

I do have a lot of pots in the garden. The sunniest side of the garden is the patio so to grow anything there, it has to be in a pot

annoyingly, I cannot find one of my pots, did a fox carry it off? I went next door and looked but couldn't find it, it's like a bad dream

Tulip whittallii with the muscari latifolium

tulip whittallii

tulip whittallii

tulip whittallii

tulip whittallii

I am loving the muscari latifolium

muscari latifolium

these muscari latifolium have been great this year

muscari latifolium

muscari latifolium

my first anemone in bloom

anemone

Victor and Rocky

some early Spring flowers in my garden

snakeshead fritillary

snakeshead fritillary

green alkanet, one of my favourite flowers in the garden

green alkanet

forget-me-not

forget-me-not

polyanthus

polyanthus

red deadnettle

red deadnettle

Happy Easter

I am loving the muscari latifolium. I love those tightly packed buds.

muscari latifolium

muscari latifolium

muscari latifolium

muscari latifolium

muscari latifolium

daffodils and muscari

daffodils

I welcome dandelions now in the garden for bees and any other insects that need them.

dandelions

happy Spring

things are happening in the garden - but slowly - it's cold still

pulmonaria rubra

pulmonaria rubra

Scarecrow

hyacinths and bergenia

hyacinths and bergenia

Rocky and Socky with my rhubarb forcers

rhubarb forcers

the sea hollies are growing, two of them anyway, I did have more but these are the only two that are still there it seems

sea holly

sea holly

lupins, amazing the slugs haven't gotten to them yet

lupins

Veronica longifolia new growth. I love veronica, especially those fancy veronica spicata cultivars like Royal Candles but they don't last long and they're expensive whereas this bog-standard veronica longifolia seems as tough as old boots, self-seeds and gives me satisfying (if not exciting) veronica flowers, liked by bees.

veronica longifolia

Monarda Cambridge Scarlet, small plants last year from Peter Nyssen which bloomed well. I don't know if these are the plants or seedlings but at least something survived from last year. So many plants do not.

monarda Cambridge Scarlet

I've bought a number of nepeta small plants from Peter Nyssen the last few years and they seem to be surviving. Didn't stop me buying a few more (different cultivar) due to be delivered soon. Cats love it, bees love it, I love it.

nepeta

centaurea dealbata, a plant I bought last year

centaurea dealbata

close-up of that little rosette in the photo above, is it a young centaurea dealbata or something else?

Another unknown plant I have. It looks similar to delphinium but I don't think it's that. I've seen it in previous years but it never survived.

I grew valerian from seed a few years ago. Only got 3 plants surviving. They've survived the winter. I hope to see flowers this year and fewer caterpillers destroying them.

valerian small plant

valerian small plant

red / corn / field poppy rosettes

red corn field poppy rosette

red corn field poppy

red corn field poppy

March 2021

With Covid lockdown I'm only able to walk around my local area which I did before anyway but now I really haven't been able to go anywhere else, even occasionally. My walks have yeilded some new plants I hadn't seen before and some new insights on old acquantainces.

My latest new plant is common whitlowgrass (Erophila verna) which I discovered at a location I don't walk to very often as it's 45 mins away but with fewer and fewer plants to see, I was interested in those tiny tiny rosettes the first time I saw them and have been back regularly since to catch them in flower. 

common whitlowgrass (Erophila verna)

common whitlowgrass (Erophila verna)

common whitlowgrass (Erophila verna)

common whitlowgrass (Erophila verna)

I can't stop taking photos of hedge mustard, so beautiful in its geometric perfection.

hedge mustard Sisymbrium officinale

sheperd's-purse, so variable but also geometric perfection

shepherd's-purse Capsella bursa-pastoris

eastern rocket, first I've seen this year but lots on this stretch of pavement, hairy bittercress growing through it

eastern rocket sisymbrium orientale

hairy bittercress on the left and thale cress on the right

thale cress and hairy bittercress

10 days later, the thale cress has sprouted its distinctive hairy stem in the centre

thale cress Arabidopsis thaliana

thale cress initial basal rosettes - they are tiny

thale cress inital basal rosette Arabidopsis thaliana

thale cress inital basal rosette Arabidopsis thaliana

thale cress rosette with buds just appearing in the middle

thale cress inital basal rosette Arabidopsis thaliana

thale cress rosette with the centre stem with buds just growing out of the rosette

thale cress inital basal rosette Arabidopsis thaliana

shepherd's-purse is so variable, leaves below so unlike rosette above (2nd photo)

shepherds purse (Capsella bursa pastoris)

shepherds purse (capsella bursa-pastoris)

nipplewort

nipplewort Lapsana communis

an update on the swine cress I photographed recently, it now has buds

swine cress

wall lettuce

wall lettuce

bristly oxtongue

bristly oxtongue

it's worth noting that green alkanet can have spots / blisters on the leaves, creeping buttercup underneath

green alkanet Pentaglottis sempervirens

It doesn't take long on my walks to get in view of the Post Office Tower

Post Office Tower

February - before the snow

Post Office Tower in the distance, beyond the railway line

PO Tower and railway line

this one stretch of pavement nearby had a lot of wildflowers

unlike so many hairy bittercress I see, all these were in bloom

hairy bittercress

close-up view of some of the hairy bittercress flowers

hairy bittercress

there is a chickweed on the left, hairy bittercress on the right

hairy bittercress and chickweed

hairy bittercress

hedge mustard rosette

hedge mustard rosette

buck's-horn plantain

buck's-horn plantain

swine cress or lesser swine cress, awaiting flowers and then fruits to confirm identification

swine cress

I'm not absolutely certain if this is petty or sun spruge, must go back and take better photos

petty spurge

bristly oxtongue

bristly oxtongue

yarrow - correction - I think it's swine cress, see latest photo of it above

yarrow

hawkweed oxtongue nearby

hawkweed oxtongue

horseweed (and vinca?) on the left, smooth sow thistle on the right, small bubbleja seedlings on the right growing in a nearby wall

horseweed sow thistle

hedge mustard rosette right and horseweed on the left growing in the wall

weeds growing in wall

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