Pseudoscleropodium purum/Neat Feather-moss is at its best during the winter. This bank, where it grows in profusion, faces north-north-east and is under a Downy Birch tree. At the top of the bank are snowdrops, daffodils, and primroses (none flowering yet though some snowdrops are elsewhere in the garden), and some knapweed. At the base of the birch tree, which is just off the photo to the right, is some Devil’s-bit Scabious. Some Ling (Calluna vulgaris) has self-seeded near the bottom. Last year I identified nine species of mushroom growing under the birch canopy. It’s a busy place, this bank.

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