Trying again

Red poppy (c) Duncan Hutt

Red poppy (Papaver sp) (c) Duncan Hutt

Bramble (Rubus fruticosus agg.) (c) Duncan Hutt

Bramble (Rubus fruticosus agg.) (c) Duncan Hutt

Autumn is a strange time of year throwing up some interesting combinations as plants try a second, fruitless flowering while berries hang in the hedgerows.  On a damp autumnal walk around the village yesterday white deadnettle, dandelion, bramble and hogweed flowered along the road verge while red poppies flowered in a field full of beans.  Meanwhile the elderberries dangled in heavy bunches from their small trees and blackberries, now past their best, were still plentiful.  Sloes, however, are in very short supply, presumably a victim of the late spring.

Elderberries (c) Duncan Hutt

Elderberries (Sambuchus nigra)
(c) Duncan Hutt

White deadnettle (Lamium album) (c) Duncan Hutt

White deadnettle (Lamium album)
(c) Duncan Hutt

 

Under a large ash tree an impressive clump of fungi provided a splash of colour.  They were probably shaggy pholiota (Pholiota squarrosa) which are parasitic on broadleaved trees.  Their edibility seems to be debatable with some sources saying they should not be consumed while others suggest the young ones are OK (though not with alcohol): they are best left alone.

Shaggy pholiota (Pholiota squarrosa) (c) Duncan Hutt

Shaggy pholiota (Pholiota squarrosa) (c) Duncan Hutt

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3 Responses to Trying again

  1. A kind of autumnal spring. Red poppies were missing from all their usual places this year.

  2. It was beautiful today. On our walk we saw at least three ladybirds. I’ve never seen them this late in the year before.

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