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March 2021

With Covid lockdown I'm only able to walk around my local area which I did before anyway but now I really haven't been able to go anywhere else, even occasionally. My walks have yeilded some new plants I hadn't seen before and some new insights on old acquantainces.

My latest new plant is common whitlowgrass (Erophila verna) which I discovered at a location I don't walk to very often as it's 45 mins away but with fewer and fewer plants to see, I was interested in those tiny tiny rosettes the first time I saw them and have been back regularly since to catch them in flower. 

common whitlowgrass (Erophila verna)

common whitlowgrass (Erophila verna)

common whitlowgrass (Erophila verna)

common whitlowgrass (Erophila verna)

I can't stop taking photos of hedge mustard, so beautiful in its geometric perfection.

hedge mustard Sisymbrium officinale

sheperd's-purse, so variable but also geometric perfection

shepherd's-purse Capsella bursa-pastoris

eastern rocket, first I've seen this year but lots on this stretch of pavement, hairy bittercress growing through it

eastern rocket sisymbrium orientale

hairy bittercress on the left and thale cress on the right

thale cress and hairy bittercress

10 days later, the thale cress has sprouted its distinctive hairy stem in the centre

thale cress Arabidopsis thaliana

thale cress initial basal rosettes - they are tiny

thale cress inital basal rosette Arabidopsis thaliana

thale cress inital basal rosette Arabidopsis thaliana

thale cress rosette with buds just appearing in the middle

thale cress inital basal rosette Arabidopsis thaliana

thale cress rosette with the centre stem with buds just growing out of the rosette

thale cress inital basal rosette Arabidopsis thaliana

shepherd's-purse is so variable, leaves below so unlike rosette above (2nd photo)

shepherds purse (Capsella bursa pastoris)

shepherds purse (capsella bursa-pastoris)

nipplewort

nipplewort Lapsana communis

an update on the swine cress I photographed recently, it now has buds

swine cress

wall lettuce

wall lettuce

bristly oxtongue

bristly oxtongue

it's worth noting that green alkanet can have spots / blisters on the leaves, creeping buttercup underneath

green alkanet Pentaglottis sempervirens

It doesn't take long on my walks to get in view of the Post Office Tower

Post Office Tower

February - before the snow

Post Office Tower in the distance, beyond the railway line

PO Tower and railway line

this one stretch of pavement nearby had a lot of wildflowers

unlike so many hairy bittercress I see, all these were in bloom

hairy bittercress

close-up view of some of the hairy bittercress flowers

hairy bittercress

there is a chickweed on the left, hairy bittercress on the right

hairy bittercress and chickweed

hairy bittercress

hedge mustard rosette

hedge mustard rosette

buck's-horn plantain

buck's-horn plantain

swine cress or lesser swine cress, awaiting flowers and then fruits to confirm identification

swine cress

I'm not absolutely certain if this is petty or sun spruge, must go back and take better photos

petty spurge

bristly oxtongue

bristly oxtongue

yarrow - correction - I think it's swine cress, see latest photo of it above

yarrow

hawkweed oxtongue nearby

hawkweed oxtongue

horseweed (and vinca?) on the left, smooth sow thistle on the right, small bubbleja seedlings on the right growing in a nearby wall

horseweed sow thistle

hedge mustard rosette right and horseweed on the left growing in the wall

weeds growing in wall

observing rosettes

I torture myself by observing and photographing rosettes (in a local park) which are often dug up or mown down before I get to see them identified. I still hope I can see them to flowering one day. (Don't let anyone see me photograph them or take an interest - sure fire way for the weedkiller / mower to come out)

this might be Crepis vesicaria?

weed rosette

this might be Crepis vesicaria?

some possible Crepis vesicaria, top right shepherd's purse?

shepherd's purse?

I love this patch of ground, so green and abundant - until they mow all the wildflowers down, huge dandelion, cat's-ear, possibly crepis vesicaria top right

smooth sow thistle, cat's-ear and crepis vesicaria?

hedge mustard rosette

hedge mustard rosette

smooth sow thistle rosettes

smooth sow thistle

rosette in a pavement crack

prickly sow thistle (Sonchus asper) initial basal rosette, see more rosettes at my rosette page

rosettes and narrow-leaved ragwort and hoary mustard in east London December 2020

I think these are beaked hawk's-beard (Crepis vesicaria) but I'm not absolutely sure. I saw a lot of this hawk's-beard last spring but these rosettes are earlier and I'm not that confident of my ID but maybe I should be - same location, not dandelion, if not Crepis vesicaria, I don't know what they are yet.

     

 

 

narrow-leaved ragwort (Senecio inaequidens) I saw in east London yesterday

narrow-leaved ragwort

narrow-leaved ragwort

narrow-leaved ragwort (Senecio inaequidens)

in that area was also hoary mustard

hoary mustard (Hirschfeldia incana)

hoary mustard (Hirschfeldia incana)

hoary mustard (Hirschfeldia incana)

hoary mustard (Hirschfeldia incana)

hoary mustard (Hirschfeldia incana)

one who is tired of London (weed rosettes) is tired of life

I still love them, starting with a perfect hawkweed oxtongue rosette interspersed with herb robert, chickweed, smooth sow thistle, hairy bittercress and groundsel

hawkweed oxtongue

loving the geometric buck's-horn plantain, one rosette

buck's-horn plantain

two rosette

buck's-horn plantain

three rosettes and more

buck's-horn plantain

a carpet of buck's-horn plantain rosettes

buck's-horn plantain

the ever variable shepherd's purse

shepherd's purse

shepherd's purse

shepherd's purse

shepherd's purse

shepherd's purse

a carpet of shepherd's purse

shepherd's purse

nipplewort

nipplewort initial basal rosette

horseweed (Erigeron canadensis or one of the similar ones)

horseweed erigeron canadensis

prickly sow thistle

prickly sow thistle

not the usual rosette but rather rosette-like spotted medick (Medicago arabica)

black medick

Hedge Mustard Rosettes

It's been nothing but hoary mustard for months, suddenly hedge mustard is here! (Sisymbrium officinale)

hedge mustard rosette

hedge mustard rosette

hedge mustard sisymbrium officinale rosette

2 overlapping hedge mustard rosettes

hedge mustard sisymbrium officinale rosette

hedge mustard rosettes with a smooth or prickly sow thistle in the middle

hedge mustard sisymbrium officinale rosette

hedge mustard just forming a rosette

hedge mustard sisymbrium officinale rosette

Rosettes - extremely large and extremely small

size extremes of rosettes, from a huge spear thistle (Cirsium vulgare) to tiny storks-bill (Erodium cicutarium), shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) and green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens) (I think - not totally sure on that one)

spear thistle (Cirsium vulgare) initial basal rosette, over 1.2 m so far

large spear thistle rosette cirsium vulgare

a very small rosette on the pavement

a close-up of that rosette, I think it's green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens) but I will keep an eye on it

storks-bill rosettes, the one on the right is tiny

storks-bill rosettes

the environment where some very rosettes are growing in the cracks, including shepherd's purse

that tiny shepherd's purse rosette from above, small but perfectly formed

shepherd's purse

another grey wet November day

It was a somewhat grey miserable day yesterday but I had to go to the post office and drop off a book so I was able to observe some plants and of course, I had to take some photos.

cat's-ear rosette

cats-ear

another cat's-ear

cat's-ear

Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed

autumn hawkbit which has already bloomed

autumn hawkbit

hawkweed oxtongue

hawkweed oxtongue

bristly oxtongue

bristly oxtongue

winter heliotrope

winter heliotrope

left to right, hellebore, pulmonaria, winter heliotrope

the hellebore was just starting to bloom

hellebore

left to right, smooth sow thistle, horseweed, dandelion

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