Saturday, 11 June 2011

hogweed and hemlock?

Went cycling early because I've got a fair amount of work to get through today--until 4 pm, that is, when we'll head down the pub. Where else?

We've had some rain over the last couple of days, which is helping the garden and the allotment to pick up. I dare say the field crops will benefit, although I suspect they need far more rain than we are likely to get, if the yields are to be any good.

Many of the hedgerow plants have gone over and the countryside looks a uniform unhealthy-seeming green, increasingly pocked with burnt up patches. Only a few poppies add colour. Apart that is from hogweed and other members of the carrot family. These are doing quite well, as ever. I love the pinky-tinged top to some of the hogweed umbels and the way these flower heads unpack themselves--first two pics above. I think the photos really do show hogweed, although it is so difficult to tell with this family of plants. If someone knows better, let me know. And is the last pic hemlock? I thought so. Whatever the plant is, though, it's excelled itself. Nine foot tall, on a patch of waste ground just below Cowleaze Corner as you head towards the village from Clanfield.

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