Monday, July 18, 2011

Wildflower Discovery Walk.

Our most recent Wildflower Discovery Walk was held on June 30th, with 5 people in attendance - the biggest turn-out yet! This time we focused on the "weeds" of vegetable gardens and farmland, and it's amazing how many species of wildflower can be found in your vegetable beds. Knowing their names and uses makes weeding far more interesting.
Sonja, Joan, Malcolm and Andrew on the wildflower walk.

Pineapple mayweed, Matricaria matricaroides, with its distinctive pineapple scent.

Groundsel, Senecio vulgaris, one of the world's most profligate seed-producers.

Fat hen, Chenopodium album, widely eaten before the introduction of spinach, and from the same genus as quinoa.

Rest-harrow, Ononis repens, also known as Spanish liquorice.

Sun spurge, Euphorbia helioscopia, with its milky white sap.

Redshank, Polygonum persicaria, a member of the dock family with striking dark spots in the centres of its leaves.

Red dead-nettle, Lamium purporeum, no relative of nettle, but a member of the mint family.

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