Week 12 Preview

Week 12 Preview : 4th – 10th June

We’ll go for 18 spp this week. First of all, there are five to ‘roll over’ from our Weeks 10 and 11 list—a bit of a ‘mixed bag’ I’m afraid:

Water Forget-me-not, Myosotis scorpioides; Alsike Clover, Trifolium hybridum; Timothy, Phleum pratense; Flowering-rush, Butomus umbellatus; Enchanter’s-nightshade, Circaea lutetiana

To which we can now add the following 13 spp, lots of them tall and showy, so hopefully fairly easy to spot as soon as they begin to flower:

Wild Madder, Rubia peregrina; Musk Mallow, Malva moschata; Great Mullein, Verbascum thapsus;  Perennial Sowthistle, Sonchus arvensis; Wood False-brome, Brachypodium sylvaticum; Marsh Woundwort, Stachys palustris; Reed Sweet-grass, Glyceria maxima; Hemp-agrimony, Eupatorium cannabinum; Water-plantain, Alisma plantago-aquatica; Field Scabious, Knautia arvensis; Vervain, Verbena officinalis; Traveller’s-joy, Clematis vitalba; Greater Knapweed, Centaurea scabiosa

Plus there are lots of species, e.g. Common Centaury, Centaurium erythraea, Wild Carrot, Daucus carota, Branched Bur-reed, Sparganium erectum, and Betony, Betonica officinalis, for which we’ve had one or two anomalous/exceptionally early records, but which should soon be starting to flower more widely.

As always, do let me know—by 3 p.m. next Wednesday would be ideal—if you see any of these (or other) spp coming into flower over the next week, by email to simonleach@phonecoop.coop.