Thursday, 24 May 2012


Still hot this morning, but no 'walk in the park' as we needed some shopping.  So, it was off to Tesco before returning to do a little gardening - Whew!  What a scorcher it was, clipping the hedge, sweeping the path and mowing the grass.
No walk, but something new from yesterday's walk around Mapperley Reservoir.  A very small, blue-flowered plant was found growing close to the reservoir and on closer inspection, the tiny flowers looked rather 'Speedwell-like'.
Not a plant I was familiar with, so the identification guide book came into it's own.  Turns out, there was a good reason for it looking like a Speedwell flower - It was a Speedell flower!  Thyme-leaved Speedwell (Veronica serpyllifolia).  Another new tick for my life lists.  Another New tick this morning too as a Holly Blue Butterfly (Celastrina argiolus) was flitting about in the Pyracantha in the back garden.  True to form, I didn't have my camera with me at the time, so no picture, but a beautiful little butterfly and a real joy to see.
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