Saturday, July 23, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cleaver - Galium aparine

Cleaver - Galium aparine
Lots of different names for this one mainly to do with the sticky way it clings to most things.
 Also one that has been used as a medicinal & food plant in the past.
These are the seeds and you can see how they spread so easily.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mock-orange - Philadelphus coronarius

Mock-orange - Philadelphus coronarius
There use to be cottages in this area, it's a beautiful reminder of the love that must have gone into the garden. 

Garden Privet - Ligustrum ovalifolium

Garden Privet  - Ligustrum ovalifolium
A popular hedge in our village

The Hoverfly was enjoying the sunshine.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Pineappleweed - Matricaria discoidea

Pineappleweed - Matricaria discoidea
Introduced & naturalised, it grows every where yet not a problem as yet.
Also called Wild Chamomile, the flowers smell of Pineapple when crushed.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Swan with no mates Billy

Billy our resident male Mute Swan.
He was born on the the Top Lodge in 2008, he was the only survivor of 4 two died within days and the other at a few weeks, after that he was called Billy no mates. He was a problem to his parents when the time came for him to go, for try as old Edward (his father) did to see him off he was stubborn and lingered on. Edward his father died in 2010 and he became resident Swan - his mate (who was also his mother) died early this year, so now he waits for his new bride to fly in.