Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Willowherb

Trying to stay off the main footpaths this morning, we found ourselves walking along some little-used pathways.  The most colourful of which was the first.  Filled with the tall Rosebay Willowherb, diminutive Birdsfoot Trefoil, graceful Weld, Ox-eye Daisy, Broom, Red Clover and a thousand others.... Oh! And Malcolm of course!
The Willowherb has to be one of my favourites.  It's always a great favourite with the bees and butterflies too.
It has to be said that the Weld flowers were receiving a lot of attention from what few bees there are these days.  An insignificant looking flower, Weld makes up in numbers, what it loses in flower size.  It is not easy to see in the pictures above, but if you look just to the left of Malcolm in the top picture, you may be able to make out their pale, yellow-white flower spikes.  You can hardly take anything away from the pink magnificence of the Rosebay Willowherb.

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