Summer Flowers

Sunday, August 9th 2015

Thistles have been on the blog recently.  Although they are a food source for many bees and butterflies their seeds germinate easily and if left unchecked could cause serious problems.  Our thistles include Marsh, Creeping and Spear.  Another one was added to the list recently, Melancholy Thistle.  This plant was recorded on the species list but has not been seen for several years.  It is now growing in two places.  Why has it just appeared again?  Many suggestions have been put forward but so far we have not arrived at an answer.  Hopefully the seeds from these beautiful flowers will spread.  We will have to wait until next year.  At least we know where to look.

Melancholy Thistle

Hemp-agrimony and Agrimony share a name but  very little else.  Hemp-agrimony belongs to the Daisy family and is pink.  It grows in the Scrapes and can still be seen in flower well into September.

Hemp-agrimony

Agrimony is a tall yellow plant that belongs in the Rose family.  This plant can be seen along the access road.

Agrimony

Earlier in the year Wood Cranesbill was recorded.  Meadow Crane's-bill was seen during the last week.  Although both belong to the same family the spelling of cranesbill appears to be different!

Meadow Crane's-bill

Purple Loosestrife is showing its flower spikes amongst the reeds in the Scrapes.  The arrangement of the stigmas and stamens in different flower spikes ensure that the flowers are cross pollinated by the bees that come to feeed from them.

Purple Loosestrife


(0) Comments:

There are no comments for this blog post yet. Why not start the discussion? - use the form below:


Leave a Comment:

Please complete this field, it's required. Your email address will not be displayed but it's required.

Your email address will not be displayed but it's required.

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?


Back to Top

Help Support Foxglove

Friends of Foxglove

The Friends of Foxglove Covert is for those individuals, families and organisations who would like to support the reserve through an annual membership subscription. Friends receive a regular newsletter and invitations to attend our various activities and social events.

More Details

Upcoming Events


Dragonfly Walk FULLY BOOKED

Saturday 3rd August 2019 | 13.00-15.00

Join local dragonfly expert Keith Gittens for a guided walk through the many habitats found at Foxglove to learn more about these fascinating insects. 

A minimum donation of £3 per person in advance to guarantee a place. Card payments can be taken by phone.



Wildlife Craft Activity - Make a Bird Feeder

Wednesday 7th August 2019 | 10.00am - 12.00 noon

Come along and make a bird feeder for the garden birds. You can take it home to put in your garden or hang it in a tree on the reserve. This is a drop in session so no need to book in advance. A donation of £3 per child would be appreciated on the day.



VIEW ALL EVENTS

Undergrowth Newsletter


Undergrowth Newsletter Winter to Spring 2019
{alt}

Read all about what has been happening on the reserve over the winter months.

Read this Issue


Undergrowth Newsletter Autumn 2018
{alt}

A busy summer at Foxglove. Read about bird ringing near and far and lots of species.

Read this Issue


Undergrowth Newsletter Spring 2018
{alt}

An update on recent events and projects on the reserve and more.

Read this Issue


View All The Newsletters

Recent Blog Posts

Blog Archive