Monday, 10 October 2016
Thursday, 22 September 2016
(Lutraria lutraria) but it's encrusted with empty barnacle shells, probably from the acorn barnacle (Semibalanus balanoides) which has a diamond shaped aperture.
One of the barnacles has been knocked off but can still see the basal plate by which it was attached (middle left of photo).
Monday, 15 August 2016
For many years, tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) was used as a medicinal herb despite its toxicity. A bitter tea made with tansy flowers has been used for centuries as an anthelmintic to treat parasitic worm infestations, and tansy cakes were traditionally eaten during Lent because it was believed that eating fish during Lent caused intestinal worms. However, it has no place in modern herbal medicine.
Common knapweed (Centaurea nigra) is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family known by various other names e.g. lesser knapweed, black knapweed and hardheads.
Knapweed is a good source of nectar attracting bees and butterflies. Its seeds also provide food for many birds.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
Sunday, 12 June 2016
May or hawthorn blossom in the Serpentine Walk.
The may blossom seems to have been particularly spectacular this year, perhaps, flowering later because of the cold spring weather.
Most of the blossom is white but some is tinged pale pink.
This bush in the hedgerow bordering the field between Upper Largo and Lundin Links had bright pink blossom. Couldn't take a close-up photo as it was on the opposite side of the busy road to the pavement.