It occurred to me this morning, just how many plants growing in our countryside, have been given common names which relate in one way or another, to farmyard animals. I give you Ox-eye Daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) for a start. This large expanse of Ox-eye Daisies, was growing on the old over-spill car parks around Shipley Lake. Malcolm and I went to check if the Bee Orchids have started to flower, but we were too early.
Heracleum sphondylium), a stately and rather beautiful member of the Carrot Family, like the Cow Parsley. This Hogweed flower head was being attended by a small moth which I have yet to identify.
This morning, we also saw a spectacular plant with a bird's name - the Orange Hawkweed (Pilosella aurantiaca). Curiously, this plant also has a common name which harks back to the dogs. It is sometimes known as Fox and Cubs. The vibrant colour of this flower almost takes your breath away in the sunshine.