Saturday, 13 October 2012

Still in Flower

A walk this morning (13th) on our home patch at Titlington Mount revealed quite a number of species still in flower - that's proper flower, not just old seed heads.

Out on the moor were all three heather species, Ling, Bell Heather and Cross-leaved Heath.  Tormentil was still showing and best of all were the dense flowering patches of Climbing Corydalis.

Closer to the house were Chickweed, Red Deadnettle, Groundsel, Procumbent Pearlwort, Creeping Thistle and Annual Meadow Grass.

I'm always in two minds about whether to add the Latin names of common species.  Rigour says I should.  Instinct says most people will think it unnecessary.  Perhaps I should use just the Latin names and force people to check their books to see what the plants actually are!

There were a number of Meadow Pipits and Skylarks on the moor and we put up two Snipe.
The bird tables at the moment have up to six Tree Sparrows at a time, but the Siskins which had started to return to the tables in mid-September have disappeared again.



  1. Please dont just use latins Richard, it stops people like me, who are not up with it, bothering....those english names paint a lovely picture of the plant. I am now thinking I have never seen Procumbent Pearlwort, its worth checking out, but had I seen Sagina procumbens, I might not have looked....Cheers Stewart

  2. Stewart, if you haven't got Procumbent Pearlwort as a garden weed, growing almost like a moss (its other name is Mossy Pearlwort)on otherwise bare soil in your flower beds I'd be most surprised. And OK, I'll stick to English names with added Latin only when it's something unusual.

  3. Oh is that it! I'll definitely look closer next time. Cheers Richard...