Sunday, 16 September 2018

White Borage(Borago officinalis var. alba)



16 September 2018*

Park

White Borage(Borago officinalis var. alba)


Borago officinalis , also known as starflower and the rather charming name of bee bread has been found in herb gardens through the ages, as it has remarkable qualities, as well as being an attractive plant, more common is the blue flowered variety but this is a striking white flowered version hence the 'Alba'. It is a robust variety that is adorned with bright green bristly leaves and striking white flowers which grow around the stem throughout the summer. Borage is a very important flower for bee's and other pollinating insects  as it flowers for so long it is an abundent source of pollen and nectar.

White borage is identical in growth habit to its blue cousin, growing to approx 60-90cm tall it tends to be a bit sturdier, and the plant usually flowers slightly later in the season than its blue counterpart. Borage grows well in  full sun but will tolerate partial shade. It will happily grow in just about any soil type as long as it is free draining but it likes to be kept moist throughout the growing season. 

Borage is an exceptionally tough customer that has spread across the globe from its origins in the Mediterannean. As an annual, Borage will seed itself happily across the garden if allowed. (To avoid this, simply remove the seed heads after flowering.)(LINK)








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