Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Monday, 30 July 2012
A plant I had not noticed before but it seems to be quite prolific this year, perhaps because it favours damp situations. Since the days of the Ancient Greeks, woundworts have been used to treat wounds and stem bleeding. Modern experiments have shown that the volatile oil contained in hedge woundwort actually does have antiseptic properties.
Sunday, 29 July 2012
Common Blue Butterfly - Dumbarnie Links.
Presumably because of the wet, rather cold weather there has been a distinct lack of butterflies in the garden this year and even though there are many buddleia bushes in Lundin Links village, I haven't seen
any butterflies on the flowers. This morning, with the Big Butterfly Count in mind, decided to walk along the old railway lines to Dumbarnie Links, to try for better luck there. There were quite a lot of meadow browns, flashes of blue from the common blue, a few whites and tiny day-flying moths and also some 6-spot burnets but not as many as last year. Unusually no peacocks or red admirals.
6-Spot Burnet on Knapweed Flower.
Saturday, 28 July 2012
An early 17th century introduction into Britain from North America as a decorative garden plant. It has since spread widely to become a common naturalised plant of waste ground and roadsides. The plant is increasingly being grown for its oil which is a valuable ingedient of cosmetic, health-food and medicinal products. The plants are at their best in the evening when they open fully and are pollinated by night-flying moths.
Friday, 27 July 2012
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Sunday, 22 July 2012
A small empty snail shell around 1cm. across
There are always empty snail shells to be found in the garden, but I've never seen quite such a delicate shell before. The shell is so thin that it's almost transparent and the slightest pressure would crush it.
Saturday, 21 July 2012
As they are both coastal regions many of the wild flowers in Guernsey and Herm were the same as those which grow in Fife. However, this one wall pennywort or navelwort (Umbilicus rupestris), which was growing in profusion, occurs mainly in South West England and the Channel Islands.
Friday, 20 July 2012
The boat-ride to Herm takes around 20 minutes from St Peter Port. It is a very beautiful island of golden sandy beaches, wild flowers, lush vegetation and well-tended gardens.