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Friday, October 2, 2009

Late Summer and Autumn along the road.

I went for a late summer tour on one of those last September days, curious as to what was still in flower, and to see what was up anyway. It is strange to think that another summer has past again and that winter is almost upon us. Mind you, I keep thinking how weird it is that winter is not here yet, after all the autumnal weather we've had these past months. Most of these, like the Crocosmia, were in a second phase among their faded flowers. Others, true late Flowers, like this
annual Scarlet Pimpernel, Annagillis arvensis, have only just come into flower, and this, probably my favourite Wild Flower, I spotted on several places along the way.

Scarlet Pimpernel, Annagillis arvensis

Others, like this Blackberry, took a long time to get into flower at all. And I doubt it will still fruit this year, with the temperatures dropping to 12-13Celsius. And, looking at many of the ripe fruit, still untouched by Insects, or others, it seems as ifmany other ones had needed extra time to find their way through the rhythm of this wet summer.

Blackberry/Bramble, Rubus fruticosus

Montbretia, Crocusmia crocrusmiflora

Herb Robert, Geranium robertina

A view onto the hills of Coomkeen, a long ridge on the Sheep's Head peninsula separating Dunmanus and Bantry Bay.

Not too many Insects about, to my surprise. I did spot the opening to a mammal's hole in a bank, which was serving as a refuge to Wasps. While I sat taking pictures, Wasps kept going in and out. I've wondered if they had a nest down here, (if it had been deserted during the summer) I think Chris Packam would have been happy with me talking about his favourite Insect!

Curlew, Numenius arquata

Oystercatcher, Haematopus ostrelegus

Blackheaded Gulls, Larus rudibundus

Ribwort Plantain, Plantago lanceolata

Hooverfly on Cat's Ear.

Honeysuckle, Lonicra periclymenum

Fuchsia above gardenwall.

Autumn/Meadow Crocus; newly planted at the edge of the cemetry, which is elevated. In spring I have a nice view from below at the wild Daisies, Bellis perinus, inbetween the graves.

Wild Ivy, Hedera helix.

Common Vetch, Vicia sativa

And these that I have no idea about.

This one reminded me much of Common, Stinging, Nettle, Urtica dioica except it dainty and tiny pink Flower, which has the 'lip' of a Foxglove, although wider, I think. A little purple mark on this lip. Its height was about 60-80cm. Was growing along the coastal road.

This one is a bulb, long Crocosmia-like leaves.


  1. I think your unknown plants are; dead nettle, clover and schizostylis coccinea...

  2. Thanks, Liz.

    I looked at all the Nettle probabilities in my Wildflower books, but Dead Nettle wasn't among them. But it does look like one of those. I've asked a wildflower website friend for conforation and which specie it is. )

    No, it wasn't a Clover-I have dozens of Red/White/Bird'sfoots in my garden, and I looked at the leaves of this one which were long-ish. Not a trifolium specie.

    The schizostylis coccinea is spot on.

  3. A wonderful collection of photos. You have some lovely flowers still in bloom.

  4. Thanks, Crow.
    We have a lot of late flowering plants around us. Many summer (Jun/July) flowering ones did manage to hang on this summer, despite all that rain, and have started to produce new flowers again.
    yet the temperature is nothing to write home about, at 12/13Celsius.


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