Thursday, 20 July 2017

Rained In

In contrast to recent conditions, this morning started out dull and wet. So, as we appear to be rained in for the moment, I thought I would post some more pictures of the flowers from around Shipley Park. Starting with a single patch of Feverfew which was found growing alongside the old car parks of Shipley Woodside.  A member of the daisy family, this plant has been used for many hundreds of years in traditional medicine, to alleviate the symptoms of headache and arthritis.
More colourful and abundant is the Canadian Goldenrod which is just starting to come into full flower.
 This is another plant which is very popular with insects, especially the bees and hoverflies.
A plant which you do not want to get to know too intimately is the very poisonous, Hemlock. Just one specimen of which can be found growing close to Pewit Carr....
... close to the wonderful and fragrant meadow filled with Meadowsweet.
At this time of year, the Rosebay Willowherb is coming into its own.
Know around the world as Fireweed its tall spikes of bright pink flowers are well known to most of us and as such, often ignored or overlooked, but they really do reward closer inspection.
Outnumbering all other plants, the grasses of Shipley Park have been ripening in the recent warm summer sunshine.
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