Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Forget Roses

This morning's walk took in the same route as yesterday, but the other way round. It's amazing what you notice walking one way, that you missed walking the other way! Today it was the Field Forget-me-not (Myosotis arvensis) which were growing along the footpath. the flowers of this herbaceous annual are very small - no more than 5mm across - but they make a wonderful display growing in numbers.
Two different members of the Rose family next.
Firstly, the Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) which have just started to open their flowers and spread their 'warm' scent across the countryside. Pollinated by midges, they make a superb show at this time of year.
A closer look at the hermaphrodite flowers reveals the many red stamens surrounding the single style in the middle. As handsome as any cultivated garden flower.
The other member of this family, is actually a Rose which was doing it's best to out-do all the other plants in it's prodigiousness in flowering. This particular shrub was growing around the Old Hall site on Shipley Hill and looking brilliant in the sunshine.
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