Last year when a small potted lavender plant that Toad brought home one day had finished flowering, I put it in an empty corner. Empty corners don’t stay empty for long on the Boggy Brae and this was no exception. Bistort, bugle and young ferns, not to mention random grasses, soon hid the wee pot. Yesterday I noticed a tiny bit of lavender blue poking through (top left in first photo) and today a larger bit. Since the plant seems quite happy under its plant blanket, I’m going to leave it where it is for the time being.
Funny how once you see a colour where you might not have been expecting it, your eyes seem somehow attuned to it and see more. I spotted two blue leaf hoppers near the lavender and then the apparently blue edge of a snail shell.
On warm summer days on the Boggy Brae one’s surround sound is the ‘chirr’ of grasshoppers. One doesn’t see them often because they have a perfect grasshopper jungle to hide in. Sometimes, though, one of them will happen to move and you will see where it lands for a chance to photograph it. I took several of the chappy below. I was looking at the yarrow yellow and saw the grasshopper’s movement out of the corner of my eye. The photos were all bad but here’s one for the record.
The speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys, I think) plant from which this 70cm stem comes (there were several others similar to this) is growing right next to a compost heap up at the top of the Boggy Brae garden. The leaves are 4cm long. I’m sorry I missed its flowering. I shall look out for it next year.
Today I measured the tallest Boggy Brae foxglove after it keeled over. It was two and a half metres tall (over eight feet).
Then I continued my wander and enjoyed the yellowish stipes of lemon-scented fern and four baby trees. They are all right at the base of two well grown birch trees. The question is whether to leave them there to grow or hoik them out. I’ll leave them for a while anyway.
If you look up from near these wee trees, there is a treescape of birch, sallow and a bit of honeysuckle that’s growing up on of the sallows.
First pic is Broad-leaved Willowherb (Epilobium montanum), showing its relatively (for a willowherb) broad leaves and its four-lobed stigma. Pics two and three show Square-stalked Willowherb (Epilobium tetragonum) with its club-shaped stigma, its narrower leaves and its square stalk. The light and shadow on the stem in pic three does show two distinct sides of the stalk though it’s easier to detect this characteristic if one rolls the stalk between one’s fingers. The supposed conspicuousness of the stem corner ridges is not very apparent on this specimen.
I went down to the pond triangle to see how the ragworts were doing. They have not had much sun but they are getting going at last.
It’s definitely self-heal season now:
Walking back up I came across the first Amanita fungus of the Boggy Brae year. I think this is Orange Grisette (Amanita crocea). It’s right under the big birch on the drive.
It’s beginning to look quite autumnal in the shade of the big birch and the holly tree on the opposite side that’s in our neighbours’ garden.
A Twitter acquaintance sent me some Black Cornflower seed last year. They are beginning to flower now. Perforate St.John’s-wort has begun too.
Some old favourites below, clockwise from top left: Whorled Caraway, more Reflexed Stonecrop and its spreading on a drystone wall, Astilbe behind its deer protection, and Monkey Flower.
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