Weeks 16 & 17 Preview

As spring shifts towards autumn, so the pace of first flowerings begins to slow down, which makes me think it probably makes sense to do another list to keep us occupied for at least the next fortnight. First of all, here are the three species we’re carrying over from Week 15:

Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris; Tubular Water-dropwort, Oenanthe fistulosa; Stone Parsley, Sison amonum  

To which we can add the following 11 species, making 14 in all:

Common Calamint, Calamintha ascendens; Hoary Ragwort, Jacobaea erucifolia; Water Mint, Mentha aquatica; Water-pepper, Persicaria hydropiper; Amphibious Bistort, Persicaria amphibia; Corn Mint, Mentha arvensis; Woolly Thistle, Cirsium eriophorum; Carline Thistle, Carlina vulgaris; Thorn-apple, Datura stramonium; Autumn Gentian, Gentianella amarella; Dodder, Cuscuta epithymum

As well as the above, it would be worth keeping an eye out for species already recorded by one or two of us, but which should be coming into flower more widely very soon, e.g. Common Fleabane, Pulicaria dysenterica,Burnet-saxifrage, Pimpinella saxifraga, Western Gorse, Ulex gallii, Hawkweed Oxtongue, Picris hieracioides, and Devil’s-bit Scabious, Succisa pratensis.

Do let me know each week—by 3 p.m. on 8th and/or 15th July would be ideal—if you see any of these (or other) spp coming into flower over the next two weeks, preferably by email to simonleach@phonecoop.coop.

Many thanks, and best wishes.