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

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



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 

wood stichwort (Encyclopedia Britannica)

The stems of Wood Stitchwort are hairy all the way round and the petals are twice as long as the sepals but at first glance the flowers look similar to other larger flowered stitchworts like Stellaria holostea although the leaves are totally different.

28 May 2016

Hemlock Water Dropwort (Oenanthe crocata)

 Carrot Family,

Hemlock water-dropwort (not to be confused with its equally toxic cousin hemlock (conium maculatum) is common in shallow water and wet ground throughout the UK, especially ditches,  slow-flowing streams and on foreshores. It has been mistaken for wild celery or water-parsnip – be very careful when IDing either of these for eating, or indeed any member of the carrot family. All parts of hemlock water-dropwort are potentially deadly. Look out for distinctive carrot family leaves  (3-4 times pinate at base) growing from or near water, strong unpleasant smell when broken (like acrid celery), hairless hollow grooved stem and white swollen roots.

Both foragers and dog walkers should familiarise themselves with the distinctive “dead man’s fingers” of hemlock water-dropwort roots. These are often exposed on river banks or washed up after floods or high tides. Most years they result in the deaths of several dogs around the UK after winter storms.(link)

28 May 2016



Blends in with other plants