Saturday, 19 May 2018

Leopard's-bane - Doronicum pardalianches

19 May 2018*  Occupation Ln. Bramhope Leeds 

Leopard's-bane - Doronicum pardalianches

D. pardalianches is a tuberous perennial spreading by underground runners. Loosely-branched clusters of light-yellow flowers are carried on upright stems, to 90 cm tall, above mid-green basal leaves to 12 cm long.


19 May 2018*  Occupation Ln. Bramhope Leeds 

Grown as a cultivated plant and occasionally escaping and persisting for a time in the wild in woodland, streamsides and roadside verges.

19 May 2018*  Occupation Ln. Bramhope Leeds 

 Flowers from mid spring to early summer.

19 May 2018*  Occupation Ln. Bramhope Leeds 

Well recorded in the north and west of Britain, and also in parts of East Anglia.


19 May 2018*  Occupation Ln. Bramhope Leeds 

19 May 2018*  Occupation Ln. Bramhope Leeds 

19 May 2018*  Occupation Ln. Bramhope Leeds 

19 May 2018*  Occupation Ln. Bramhope Leeds 

19 May 2018*  Occupation Ln. Bramhope Leeds 

Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens)


Thursday, 3 May 2018

Sweet Rocket (Hesperis matronalis),


Sweet Rocket "Purple" (Hesperis matronalis),2018*, Rodley Nature Reserve, 

Sweet Rocket has a myriad of other common names which include 'Dame’s Rocket', 'Damask Violet', 'Dame’s Gilliflower', 'Night Scented Gilliflower' and 'Summer Lilac.'
A stunning biennial that can grow to 90 cm, it has lush green lance-shaped leaves and will send up masses of mauve scented flowers in May and June, which are very attractive to bees and are a good food plant for the Orange Tip Butterfly. The scent from the flower clusters gets stronger as night falls and is sweet, similar to that of a violet. 
Preferring full sun or partial shade, Sweet Rocket is a wonderful addition to the cottage garden or herbaceous border, they will self-seed and will gradually naturalise over an area it looks good when allowed to drift through an informal border or in a wildlife friendly scheme. (LINK)




Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Witch Hazel




Golden Acre Park



The most colourful winter display comes from the witch hazels whose spidery yellow flowers reliably bloom in mid-winter regardless of the weather.



Caring for life

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Goat's-beard (Tragopogon pratensis)



Yeadon Banks 30 July 2016



21/6/13
Found on the road side on the way to Guiseley.
Further reading
Daisy Family



 All so known  as  (JACK-GO-TO-BED-AT-NOON)


Flower Head

Flower


Environment


Sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica)

30 July 2016

Medium to tall, hairy plant with a creeping, woody stock; stems erect, angular. Leaves lanceolate, sharply toothed, pointed and unstalked. Flowerheads white, with a greenish white disk, 12 to 18 mm borne in lax, branched clusters.(Link)





Toad Rush (Juncus bufonius)



Slender almost grass like plant, usually reaching only 2 to 10cm in height. The very slender stem is either single or repeatedly branched at the base, and normally repeatedly forked above, with a floret in each fork, and other florets along, and at the tips of the branches. All but the terminal florets are stalkless on the upper side of the stem and solitary. Perianth segments lanceolate and tapered to fine points, green or purple flushed. Capsule ovoid oblong, blunt, brown.(link)


30 July 2016


Saturday, 28 May 2016

Ground elder (Aegopodium podagraria)


Carrot Family

This is one of the safest of the carrot family to identify, and certainly the most common. Its serrated leaves are oval with a point and mostly grow in 3 groups of 3 from a grooved stalk, close to the ground. Umbels of small white flowers appear in late May or June.



28 May 2016
Denso Marston Nature Reserve







Sweet cicely (Myrrhis odorata)


 Carrot Family
 
Sweet Cicely is an attractive plant that is a striking component of herb gardens and hedgerows. 
This early flowering perennial is renowned for its aniseed taste and fragrance. It is in growth and in flower before most other umbellifers are even thinking of it, a really useful precursor to the Ammi genus such as Ammi majus. The plants grow to a height of 90cm (36in), and umbels of tiny white flowers appear from spring to early summer. The fern-like leaves are deeply divided and smell of aniseed when crushed. 


28 May 2016
 Denso Marston Nature Reserve



Seed pods look like a bunch of Bananas