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flowerpot for a pillow

I hope I can share a little of what I've learned - and there is so much more to learn. Let's learn to love dandelions! and all those wildflowers that are so helpful for bees.dandelion

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Victor using a flowerpot for a pillow

 

Sept 2021

my polydactyl cat Scarecrow on the table I've just cleared to do my hyacinth forcing prep, I had a number of seed trays there, I do wonder whether I'll get anything from those recent seed sowings, 1 seedling from a packet of Centaurea montana seeds?! quite disappointing 

Cosmos

The cosmos is really coming into its own, lots of flowers and buds. There are two plants behind to the right but although one is very tall, no buds. I should try to move it more into the sun. I couldn't before because everything was so crowded but now the sea holly and monarda are finished, they could be moved back and the cosmos forward.

cosmos

Water Lily

A second late water lily has bloomed.

water lily

Scabious

I love scabious (and the similar knautia) and have a lot in my garden so inevitably I have a number self-seeding. I potted this one up recently and had a closer look at it.

scabious

at the top, a  new flower bud

scabious bud

at the next node down, flowers struggling to grow

scabious node growth

the node below that, small flowering stems

scabious node growth

at the bottom node just above the base, the start of two more flower stems it looks like

scabious node growth

 

Asters

The park across the road has these asters (Aster frikartii Monch I think) just coming into bloom. They are gorgeous. Not your usual municipal planting.

aster frikartii Monch

aster frikartii Monch

aster frikartii Monch

aster frikartii Monch

Also in the park across the road, wild buckwheat (I think), quite different from another example going to seed which I saw recently so I'll have to keep an eye on this and see how it develops

wild buckwheat fallopia convolvulus

wild buckwheat fallopia convolvulus

wild buckwheat fallopia convolvulus

wild buckwheat fallopia convolvulus

wild buckwheat fallopia convolvulus

Back in my garden, I took a photo of the rosa rugosa hips. While processing at my computer I saw the yucca flower spike, I'm embarrassed to say, I hadn't noticed it before.

yucca flower spike rosa rugosa hips

purple loosestrife, it's huge but has been fantastic for colour and the bees, one plant has been a great investment

purple loosestrife

purple loosestrife with bee

purple loosestrife

milk parsley in the middle of some of the purple loosestrife flower spikes

purple loosestrife milk parsley

the new shoots of the purple loosestrife look similar to a willowherb

purple loosestrife new shoot

ribwort plantain, I usually see these out and about but this was in a wildflower seed mix I sowed in my garden

ribwort plantain

milk parsley with bees or hoverflies

milk parsley with bee

milk parsley with bee

nasturtium I grew from seed

nasturtium

cosmos I grew from seed

cosmos

nettle-leaved bellflower I saw self-seeded on the pavement

nettle-leaved bellflower

nettle-leaved bellflower

erigerons

horseweed (Erigeron canadensis)

This often starts as a rosette, sometimes including mitten-shaped leaves.

horseweed erigeron canadensis

horseweed erigeron canadensis

horseweed erigeron canadensis

a larger rosette, looking much less hairy, although still hairy in the middle, shaggy but no obvious mitten-shaped leaves

horseweed erigeron canadensis

horseweed erigeron karvinskianus

Erigeron karvinskianus

early plants have mitten-shaped leaves, later leaves are lanceolate

erigeron karvinskianus horseweed

erigeron karvinskianus

erigeron karvinskianus

Southwark Cathedral Herb Garden July 2021

I visited the herb garden in July

valerian

valerian

purple milk thistle (Galactites tomentosa)

galactites tomentosa purple milk thistle

purple milk thisle  galactites tomentosa

purple milk thistle galactites tomentosa

close-up of the leaves

purple milk thistle galactites tomentosa leaves

rue, I'm afraid the flowers are past their best

rue

rue, close-up of the leaves

rue leaves

Canary Island geranium (Geranium palmatum)

geranium palmatum

geranium palmatum

geranium palmatum

sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica the Pearl)

achillea ptarmica the pearl

sneezewort achillea ptarmica the pearl

achillea ptarmica the pearl

achillea ptarmica the pearl

dyer's chamomile (Cota tinctoria)

dyers chamomile cota tinctoria

August 2021

21-8-2021 agastache I grew from seed in bloom, whenever I go near it and disturb it, I get such a smell of liquorice I'm reminded it's agastache anisata

agastache anisata

new scabious flower

scabious

bee on purple loosestrife

bee on purple loosestrife

fat cosmos bud

cosmos bud

18-8-2021 Japanese anemone

Japanese anemone

marsh mallow

marsh mallow

marsh mallow

marsh mallow

marsh mallow buds

marsh mallow

datura buds with a ladybird

datura

datura I saw in a local park

datura

roses and purple loosestrife

roses purple loosestrife

17-8-2021 purple loosestrife in bloom and attracting bees

purple loosestrife

a bee on the purple loosestrife

purple loosestrife with bee

bee on the lavender, purple loosestrife in the background

lavender with bee

globe thistles with bee

globe thistles with bee

 

6-8-2021 photobombed by my cat Rocky while photographing the viola Chicky Chicks

viola chicky chicks

agrimony I saw in a local park

agrimony

agrimony

agrimony

pavement plants

If you would like to see some of these Pavement Plants, please join me for a walk around part of Camden on Sunday September 12th at 10:00 am, meet in Camden Gardens, NW1 (junction of Kentish Town Rd, Camden St, Hawley Rd). We'll be finishing with some simple sketching activities. Email for more info julie@gardendwithoutdoors.org.uk.

Verbena

In the ten years I've been observing urban wild plants I've never seen verbena so I was surprised to see it this morning (August 30th) on a pavement locally. Unfortunately these photos are a bit out of focus but I will go back and try to take better ones.

verbena

verbena

verbena

verbena

smooth sow thistle

smooth sow thistle

the smooth sow thistles have found this area most conducive to growing large and exuberant

smooth sow thistle

wall lettuce

wall lettuce

a surprising plant in the pavement crack, common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium)

common hogweed Heracleum sphondylium

lots of verbena bonariensis near the hogweed - a more usual self-seeder

common hogweed Heracleum sphondylium

tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum)

Hypericum androsaemum

nemesia, garden escapee I presume

nemesia

2 spectacular persicaria maculosa plants, just growing in cracks

persicaria maculosa

persicaria maculosa

and another, must be the time of year for persicaria

persicaria maculosa

annual wall rocket

annual wall rocket

orache annual wall rocket

orache

hairy bittercress early rosette

hairy bittercress rosette

yarrow rosette

Achillea millefolium

I'm seeing lots of chenopodiums at this time of year

tree spinach

tree spinach (Chenopodium giganteum)

tree spinach Chenopodium giganteum

marsh yellow-cress' fat sausage fruits and shepherd's purse heart-shaped fruits

marsh yellow-cress shepherd's purse

marsh yellow-cress

a small shepherd's purse on the right, not sure what the small plant on the left it, must keep an eye on it

shepherd's purse

small shepherd's purse rosette

shepherd's purse

large shepherd's purse possibly? rosette

shepherds purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)

great hairy willowherb (and ragwort or Oxford ragwort)

great hairy willowherb

great hairy willowherb

procumbent pearlwort

procumbent pearlwort Sagina procumbens

end of July 2021

Urban wild plants seem to go in waves, this year it's Chenopodiums: 

tree spinach (Chenopodium giganteum) which I've never seen before yesterday (29-7-2021)

tree spinach Chenopodium giganteum

nearby there were fat hens (Chenopodium album)

fat hen Chenopodicum album

fat hen chenopodium album

today (30-7-2021) I saw some more chenopodiums, a large fat hen

fat hen chenopodium album

fat hen chenopodium album

fat hen chenopodium

a common orache (Atriplex patula)

common orache Atriplex patula

one I saw a couple weeks ago

common orache Atriplex patula

a red goosefoot possibly? I'm not that familiar with this plant but this id has been suggested to me, I must go back and check it

red goosefoot

back in my garden, one of my girls

one of my girls

on the other side of the garden, one of my 3 wood pigeons

wood pigeon

Jersey tiger moth

jersey tiger moth

the Little Dorrit sunflowers I grew from seed this year have been a great success although the slugs have tried to eat them all

sunflowers

sunflowers

the heleniums I bought as small plants from Peter Nyssen

heleniums

roses and purple loosestrife

roses purple loosestrife

on the side of Sainsbury's is a small patch with lots of self-seeding urban wild plants in the cracks, occasionally pulled out and weedkiller sprayed and then they grow back

closer view

smooth sow thistle

smooth sow thistle

marsh yellow-cress

marsh yellow-cress

marsh yellow-cress

marsh yellow-cress

marsh yellow-cress

marsh yellow-cress

fat hen

fat hen

stitchwort

stitchwort

smooth sow thistle nearby

smooth sow thistle

and a smooth sow thistle rosette nearby

smooth sow thistle

mid-July 2021

my sheepsbit has been the most amazing plant this year, lots of flowers beloved by bees - and it's still going strong

sheepsbit

sheepsbit

sheepsbit

the sheepsbit started as the rosette (from seeds I sowed but in another pot, somehow it ended up in this pot) sharing this pot with a centaurea dealbata back in 2020

sheepsbit rosette in centaurea dealbata pot

close-up of that rosette

sheepsbit rosette

in March 2021, the centaurea dealbata is growing and the sheepsbit rosette is still there

centaurea dealbata and sheepsbit rosette

close-up of that rosette

sheepsbit rosette

bee on sunflower

bee on sunflower

helenium

helenium

Japanese anemone coming into bloom

Japanese anemone

japanese anemone

One of my doggy friends this morning

wider view

bee on Little Dorrit sunflower

bee on veronica

bee on veronica

bee on lavender

bee on lavender

marsh mallow

marsh mallow

I've been working long hours at my pc to finish the Plant Survey of the area by the railway line from Maiden Lane to Camley St but had to pop out to collect a parcel and found two new urban wild plants ("weeds" - if you like) - so glad I was interrupted. Marsh yellow cress round the corner which I've only seen at one other nearby location and cudweed (possibly Jersey cudweed) which I've never seen before.

rorippa palustris

rorippa palustris

Jersey cudweed

Jersey cudweed

detail of buds

jersey cudweed

buddleja in bloom with my sign "pardon the weeds, they're feeding the bees" (still offering these to anyone who would like one, let me know julie@gardenwithoutdoors.org.uk)

buddleja

one of the few bees I'm seeing in my garden on nepeta

bee on nepeta

and one on my sea holly

bee on sea holly

catnip flower close-up

catnip flower

self-heal started to bloom a few days ago

self-heal

creeping yellowcress in bloom

creeping yellowcress

hogweed in bloom towards the back of my garden, the "wildflower" area

hogweed

beginning of July 2021

bee going right into a monkshood flower

bee in monkshood

bee right inside a flower

bee in monkshood

bee on scabious

bee on scabious

bee on scabious

mint moth on scabious buds

mint moth on scabious buds

viola Chicky Chicks

viola Chicky Chicks

cosmos I grew from seed

cosmos

some of my roses in bloom

sea holly

sea holly

hogweed coming into bloom

hogweed

salvia sclarea tukestanica, I grew these from seed, two years ago?, they first flowered last year, this is the only one I have this year, I can't remember if they're annuals or perennials   -update- yes, grew from seed in 2019 and they are supposedly perennials but only have one plant left

salvia sclarea turkestanica

monarda Cambridge Scarlet, I thought bees liked these but I have never seen a bee on one, not that I have many bees, sadly

monarda cambridge scarlet

first evening primrose flower from a wildflower pack of seeds I sowed last year, most of the other wildlfowers in the pack were annuals and bloomed last year but this one didn't bloom until this year as it's a biennial - funny to include in a pack of annual wildflower seeds

evening primrose

greater knapweed with bee

greater knapweed

greater knapweed

first sunflower in bloom

sunflower

first calendula in bloom

calendula

calendula bud

meadow cranesbill

meadow cranesbill

viola chicky chicks

marsh mallow buds

marsh mallow

bee on green alkanet

bee on cornflower

hollyhocks round the corner self-seeded in the pavement from hollyhocks in a pot I shared there with my neighbour

hollyhocks

monarda Cambridge Scarlet

monarda Cambridge Scarlet

first veronica flowers in bloom

veronica longifolia

I don't have as many Chinese lanterns as I used to. Recent drought periods have really taken their toll. I see 3 plants there this year. May be all I get. I'll have to have another look.

chinese lanterns

an unknown seedling I have, await flowers to identify

catsear, thank goodness it's survived the weedkiller

catsear

end of June 2021

giant poppy with bee

giant poppy with bee

not sure how "giant" these are but they are sold by Chiltern Seeds as Papaver somniferum Giganteum, seem only a bit bigger than my other poppies

bees are loving my verbascum

bee on verbascum

candytuft

candytuft

small scabious (Scabious columbaria)

scabious columbaria

view of the entire scabious plant

scabious columbaria

close-up of one of the scabious buds

scabious bud

close-up of knautia buds, so similar to the scabious

knautia

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