The lightest of breezes would carry this achene and papus for miles.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Tokk the sports pages over for John this morning and noticed some flowers growing along the outside of the garden wall. I wondered if it was the Purple Toadflax that he had been talking about Saturday
However after I cut a sprig and photographed it I could not find it in either my Octopus book or the Readers Digest wild flower book
I combined a couple of the pix and set it up in Flowers and the ID groups on Flickr.
Yes it is Purple Toadflax, Linaria purpurea, so I renamed all the JPG's and set them in my flower folder. Once again such a small flower but such a little beauty.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
One pic also showed a couple of seed pods, I took them off afterwards and put them on the top of a flower pot. If they grow Good, if not nothing is lost anyway.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Sun Spurge Euphoria helioscopia.
I am constantly amazed at the plants that turn up under my nose. Here is yet another that I discovered in my own plot.
When I first saw it I immediately thought “Ah Wood Spurge as I saw at My Niece Jane’s”. Closer examination reveald that it had no petal to its flowers – tiny things of only about 3 to 4 mm in size. In fact it was only when viewed through the camera lens with a 10 dioptre added that they really became discernable. Like the Wood Spurge this plant has both male/female fertilisation in the flower. Each structure contains a female flower and one or more very small male flowers. This is known as a Cyathium
Culpeper says, of Spurge :—
Of Spurge the greater and lesser, they are both (taken inwardly) too violent for common use; outwardly in ointments, they cleanse the skin, take away sunburning.
This is hardly surprising as its juice contains the poison euphorbone. Sheep that have ingested the plant when cropping have suffered severe inflammation of the mouth and extreme gastro-enteritis as a result. In fact the juice of Wood Spurge has been used in North Africa to poison the tips of arrows.
I was astonished to find in one 3 x life-size picture an equally minuscule beetle. but unfortunately unable to take a better pic of it in all its 4 mm glory.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Took a sprig in and got some shots of it.
I have taken previously but not any pix to show the plant stem and leaf.
Leaf top view above
Leaf back Left
Flower not at its best as it would have been a couple of months earlier.
Friday, August 08, 2014
Seed pod is a brilliant crimson and perhaps suggestive of its blood saving propensity.
On Herb Robert Culpeper is commendably short :—
Government and virtues.] It is under the dominion of Venus. Herb Robert is commended not only against the stone, but to stay blood, where or howsoever flowing; it speedily heals all green wounds, and is effectual in old ulcers in the privy parts, or else-where. You may persuade yourself this is true, and also conceive a good reason for it, do but consider it is an herb of Venus, for all it hath a man's name.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Sunday, August 03, 2014
After the last chancy occurrence I decided to go to Yatton station for the
Torbay express run. Not so many folk there as there
normally is. Maybe the novelty is wearing off for those that just look. I
recalled to one of the pic takers that when I was on the milk round I got to
Kenn Moor gate railway bridge one morning and there was folk looking up the
line. I thought “Trouble” Something wrong?” I asked “No” I was told “There is a
125 coming though this morning” People queuing up to watch and take pix of a Diesel
Loco. Now it had gone full circle and we wait for half an hour to see a steam
excursion for this week end was cancelled because of low bookings. I reckon
that money is getting tighter, and with school holidays there is more cash
needed for little trips rather than a day out. Weymouth
I got some good shots of Nunney castle in spite of the heat. She was steaming well and the smoke was well visible .
Nunney Castle Runs though Yatton Station with steam blowing well.