July 2024

perennial sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

perennial sow-thistle sonchus arvensis

perennial sow-thistle sonchus arvensis

 

small-flowered crane's-bill (Geranium pusillum)

geranium pusillum small-flowered crane's-bill

geranium pusillum small-flowered crane's-bill

geranium pusillum small-flowered crane's-bill

geranium pusillum small-flowered crane's-bill

geranium pusillum small-flowered crane's-bill

Agastache Black Adder

agastache Black Adder

agastache Black Adder

I'm still discovering new plants in the garden, golden creeping jenny, didn't know this at all before

golden creeping jenny Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'

golden creeping jenny Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'

golden creeping jenny Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'

clematis (montana?) I saw a vine I thought might be clematis but it has bloomed recently so become identifiable

clematis

clematis

clematis

evening primrose in bloom, didn't even realise I had it, must have been in a pot I brought

evening primrose

evening primrose

crocosima and hardy geranium in the background

crocosima geranium

these were some of the crocosima leaves back in March which I did not recognise as crocosima as mine were a bit different, I was skeptical they were crocosima but they did indeed turn out to be crocosima

Verbascum Arctic Summer had been damaged by mullein moth caterpillars but after I relocated them to the water figwort / buddleja new buds started to grow

verbascum arctic summer

this was the damaged stem to the right eaten by the caterpillars, 3 weeks before

verbascum arctic summer

saw-wort buds

saw-wort

first small teasel flower in bloom, the bees love this, I saw one this morning on it but couldn't snap a photo in time

small teasel Dipsacus pilosus

I was heading over to this side of the garden to take a photo, when I got close I discovered Scarecrow in the grass - I didn't realise he was there. He's well-camouflaged.

a poppy in bloom in the patio cracks garden

poppy

I snapped a photo of a bee on the nepeta but it's not very visible, my visiting white cat to the right

perennial wall rocket (Diplotaxis tenuifolia), possibly in a wildflower seed packet I sowed in that pot last year - or - it just self-seeded

perennial wall rocket Diplotaxis tenuifolia

the flower is at the far right side of the photo above at the end of a long stem, here is a close-up

Diplotaxis tenuifolia perennial wall rocket

autumn hawkbit (Scorzoneroides autumnalis)

at this time of year, the yellow-flowered self-seeders tend to be either smooth hawk's-beard or autumn hawkbit and only examination of the flowers from the side can be definitive, (below shows smooth hawk's-beard with the 2nd row of phyllaries), this is autumn hawkbit with the top of the stem  tapered into the flower

autumn hawkbit Scorzoneroides autumnalis

Scorzoneroides autumnalis autumn hawkbit

the basal rosette of autumn hawkbit deeply lobed leaves, just one flower there, I'm finding locally it's just starting to bloom

autumn hawkbit Scorzoneroides autumnalis

autumn hawkbit Scorzoneroides autumnalis rosette

autumn hawkbit Scorzoneroides autumnalis

closer view of the autumn hawkbit buds

autumn hawkbit Scorzoneroides autumnalis

lots of rosettes about without stems with buds yet

autumn hawkbit Scorzoneroides autumnalis

this spectacular rosette with lots of flowering stems has self-seeded in a neighbours driveway

autumn hawkbit Scorzoneroides autumnalis

 

smooth hawk's-beard (Crepis capillaris)

I moved to my current house in December, 7 months ago, and of course, I immediately started looking at the plants and taking photos. This was self-seeded at the base of a brick trough along the side of the driveway.  I thought it looked very catsear-like but not the usual hairiness.

December 2023

crepis capillaris smooth hawksbeard

February 2024

crepis capillaris smooth hawksbeard

March 2024  as it was on my driveway it was easy to take regular photos

crepis capillaris smooth hawksbeard

June 2024 I see smooth hawk's-beard in bloom in that spot which I didn't immediately associate with that rosette which I had forgotten about being so busy in the back garden. Then I went back and looked at my photos and realised I had seen the earliest rosette of smooth hawk's-beard back in December.

crepis capillaris smooth hawk's-beard

crepis capillaris smooth hawk's-beard

a separate photo of the base as I'm struggling with my phone to take a decent photo of the entire plant

crepis capillaris smooth hawk's-beard

crepis capillaris smooth hawk's-beard

crepis capillaris smooth hawk's-beard

crepis capillaris smooth hawk's-beard

also seen near the autumn hawkbit,

goatsbeard (Tragopodon pratensis), close-up of the opening bud

goatsbeard Tragopodon pratensis

entire plant

Tragopodon pratensis goatsbeard

perennial sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis) buds 

perennial sow-thistle Sonchus arvensis

back in my own garden

agastache Black Adder

agastache Black Adder

verbena hastata

verbena hastata

phlox

phlox

rose buds

rose buds

centaurea montana Amethyst

centaurea montana amethyst

selfheal

selfheal

hawkweed oxtongue, phlox on the left, Lauren's Grape poppy on the right

hawkweed oxtongue

 

some wildflowers I saw recently on a walk along the Grand Union Canal in Sarratt

the largest burdock leaves I've ever seen

burdock leaves

entire burdock plant

burdock

another nearby burdock plant

burdock

also time for extremely large common hogweed

common hogweed

common hogweed flowers

common hogweed

white melilot

white melilot

wild parsnip

wild parsnip

wild parsnip

wild parsnip leaves

wild parsnip

wild parsnip

wild parsnip

wild parsnip

wild parsnip

hemp-agrimony in bud

hemp-agrimony

hemp-agrimony

hemp-agrimony

left to right smooth hawk's-beard (Crepis capillaris), dandelion, smooth hawk's-beard (Crepis capillaris), gypsywort

crepis capillaris dandelion gypsywort

closer views

two stems of Crepis capillaris and dandelion on right

crepis capillaris smooth hawk's-beard dandelion

gypsywort

gypsywort

thistle (not sure species, will research)

thistle

a lock along the Grand Union Canal

lock grand union canal

lock Grand Union Canal

on the opposite side of the towpath, lots and lots of goat's-rue

goatsrue

goatsrue

goatsrue

it was on  the other side of a fence so although I was keen to get into that area to look at the wilflowers, it was not possible

goatsrue

goatsrue

a nearby central reservation had a lot of white flowers

white melilot central reservation

white melilot central reservation

I wasn't sure what they were as it was difficult to go too close but I saw this white melilot on the close side of the road so I think it's that. If I can, I'll go back and try to get close.

white melilot