Thursday, 31 July 2014

Gone to seed, visitors and great parents..



Last night we became parents to two Musk Turtles for ten days while there family went on holiday..


They are so cute, and only need feeding every few days, a easy pet to look after.. !
the whole kit and caboodle came with them..



I love seed heads....
the structure and colour.

Some of them I discovered when I got home had insects and eggs on them which I did not see at the time I was taking the photo..   



First of all these beautiful seeds of the Curled Dock



These Cow parsley seed had eggs on them.


Dandelion seeds


Creeping Thistle


Here on the not so nice Hog weed, there is a Spiders web, Aphids and then you spot the..


Frog Hopper.


The seeds of the little Yellow flower Herb-bennet  , they will latch on to anything that walks past..


 animal or human



Seed of the Clever plant



The two stages of the Ribwort Plantain


Prickly Sow-thistle


Greater Plantain


Yellow Rattle flower

Then on the way home I spotted these.


There was two lots on different leaves, the " Parent bug" which so happens to be what they are called..
They look amazing.

The parent bug (Elasmucha grisea)

They were attending to them on the leaf..


 Happy Hunting
Amanda xx


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Urban plants at the Town Hall


After seeing Loose and leafy's post on "The wild plant's of Southampton High Street" I have been going round looking for trees growing out of roof tops !

I like the idea even if you have not got a garden and you live in the middle of a town there are still wild flowers to be found. Once you start looking there is more than you think...

Now you might have a different view on this, the council are not doing their job to loving the fact there are places for nature to go even on a high street...

I have just chosen to look at the plants round the Town Hall..


Pineappleweed (Matricaria discoidea)

This plant will just about grow anywhere, loving the cracks between the pavements. 


Knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare)


Herb-Robert, Elderflower, Ragwort, Smooth Sow-thistle, Red Valerian.



There are many plants growing out of the wall round the back of the Town Hall, here we have Ferns and Dandelion leaves..


Sycamore Tree.


Common Figwort (Scrophularia nodosa)

This is a new plant for me, at first I thought it had flowered, but this is as good as the flowers get on this plant.


Common Figwort flowers.


Here we have Groundsel, Hedge Mustard and Nettle.


As it was Sunday morning there were not many people about to watch me take photos, on the floor in front of the Town Hall is not a good look..
The Crows found it interesting... while looking up I noticed some more plants on one of the roofs,


You can see them through the gap in the guttering..


They look like Succulents , not sure if the whole roof is covered ! or if they have been planted there ?


Back round the front along the edge of the path we have..

Willowherb, Daisy, Scented Mayweed.


Greater Plantain (Plantago major)


Just next to the Town Hall at the back of the building there is a gap, in here there are more plants growing,
Blackberries cover a little wall.


Spleenwort (Asplenium) ferns and Ivy


This post had also been inspired by our trip out yesterday when we went on the Settle to Carlisle train to Carlisle...
While waiting for our train home I spotted plants growing out of the station wall.


Mainly Buddleia trees, Plants from the Daisy family, and Ash tree saplings...  


But this has to be the best example of how nature will take it back from man if you leave it long enough..



Street Plants
Loose and Leafy-"The wild plant's of Southampton High Street" 

Happy Hunting 
Amanda xx  



Tuesday, 22 July 2014

My park in July, new flowers, insects and moths...


July is turning out to be quite HOT, the Butterflies, and now Dragonflies are flying well at the park.

It's the last rush of wild flowers before Autumn sets in then winter.



 Scented Mayweed (Matricaria recutita)

Think I like all the flowers from the Daisy family, a new tick for the park.
  Chamomile Shark (Cucullia chamomillae) moth. Caterpillar can be found on this plant, it's quite a impressive looking one. 


The berries are all ready ripening on the trees.


Redshank (Persicaria maculosa)

Many people see this as a weed. I have it growing in my garden , I love the little pink flower, the leaves have a dark pattern  on them.


Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae)


 Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)


 Betony (Stachys officinalis)

Although I have recorded this plant before, it's the first time I have recorded it at the park.



There was a young Heron flying round the park, it stayed on one of the trees for awhile then took off, the next day I found it stood in the middle of the pond.



It's stood on the little nesting Island in the middle of the pond. 
There are allot of fish in this pond and they have regular fishing completions for younger people.
I was talking to one of the fisher men, he said the pond was classed as a Sites of Special Scientific Interest  (SSSIs) because of one particular fish that breads here... ( sorry can't remember which one)

It was so hot, even the little man had to have a dip in the pond..
going no further than his ankles, mind you ..waters for drinking not swimming..





There are plenty of Butterflies  (think you all know the names of these by now)


Back in May they had to chop some trees down to mend a broken water pipe, since then I have been keeping a eye on this patch as wild flowers have started to grow due to the ground been cleared and the light  now getting in


This is it on the 11th July, so many new wild flowers I have not seen before have grown here, so going to do a post just on this patch.


 Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)

Have been going to the park every day sometimes twice, to try and get a better photo of the Dragonflies, have seen green, blue and brown.. but no joy yet, they don't stay still, I just love watching them fly though.


We have had allot of young Starlings in the garden this week.



Lining up for their turn...


Happy Hinting 
Amanda xxx