Summer Slides into Autumn -a Visual Guide
Notes from a Lancashire Countryman.
Here in Lancashire,situated in the North West of England, meadows are alive with the spirit of life, as are the hedgerows, scrub land and other habitats. The landscape of Lancashire is continually changing, almost on a daily basis. Some of the changes are conspicuous such as the large white trumpet-like flowers of the hedge bindweed, which now adorn many hedgerows.
These plants produce the largest single flower of any native wild flora. Should the moon be bright enough the flowers will stay open throughout the night attracting long tongued moths and many other crawling insects to the beautiful blooms.
Gardeners however, do not take kindly to this species invading their cultivated kingdoms for the species is hard to eradicate.
Other changes are more subtle, needing a greater sense of observation to detect, such as the tiny acorns developing on the twig of the mighty oak. The fruits of hawthorn beginning to sewll. Sloe berries are forming clad in their green coats, which by autumn will have taken on the purple misty colour of their cultivated relatives the plum.
The beautiful bells of the foxglove have achieved their purpose of attracting bees to their spotted inner sanctum. They now fall in succession quickly replaced by swollen seed vessels which are a result of perfect pollination.
Yet other late summer plants will take their place in plant land, such as the yarrow, sneezewort, hemp nettle,selfheal, red bartsia, and angelica to mane but a few. Others such as the clovers continue to flower in profusion as the season marches onwards to the height of summers glory.
Gallery of sightings
Gallery two sightings
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