Double click on image to go deeper. Rose of Sharon (Hypericum Calycinum), rear garden, Staffordshire, England. July 2017.
After flowers have run their course and have lost their petals I am always on the look out for what come next. Sometimes it can be equally or even more beautiful than what came before. Please click on the image for a larger more detailed view. Clicking a second time may get you a little… Read More No Petals Yet Beauty Still Remains
This is Bonfire-moss (Funaria hygrometrica) which has now come to its end leaving this deep red colour. Rear garden, Staffordshire, England. June 2017.
Quercus ilex Also called ‘Holly Oak’ or ‘Evergreen Oak’, this oak is a dense evergreen tree with tough foliage which grows up to 20m (66ft) tall. The crown is dense, dark and broadly domed, often on a short trunk with several ascending large branches. The bark is dark grey with shallow fissures, and in time… Read More Holm Oak
Bonfire-moss (Funaria hygrometrica) I have a small plant pot by my water butt which has some liverwort growing in it last time I looked. This time I looked it had something else growing in it, this rather untidy looking yet delightful moss. Note the long, swan-neck seta.
Wall Screw-moss (Tortula muralis). March 2017, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2017.
Kindbergia praelonga, taken March 2017, local wood, Staffordhire, . © Pete Hillman 2017.
Primula vulgaris The Primrose is a harbinger of spring with its pale yellow flowers and spoon-shaped basal leaves formed in rosettes. The leaves are evergreen in suitable environments, and are wrinkled with toothed margins. It flowers February to May, or earlier. Found in deciduous woodland, woodland glades, embankments, meadows and roadside verges. Native to Britain,… Read More Primrose
Trifolium repens Also called ‘Dutch Clover’, it is a herbaceous perennial plant which spreads by means of rooting runners. The leaves are composed of three oval leaflets which have a whitish V-shaped band, which may not always be evident. The ball-shaped cluster flower head is composed of rounded peaflowers which are white or cream, with… Read More White Clover
Digitalis purpurea Also called ‘Purple Foxglove’ or Lady’s Glove’, this is a most distinctive plant which can produce up to sixty or more pink to purple tubular flowers on tall spikes. Each flower has a dark ring of spots inside the lower lip which helps attract and guide insects such a bumblebees inside to gather… Read More Foxglove
I have noticed the Snowdrops pushing through the earth and beginning to blossom already in my front garden. They are a beautiful sight to see. January 2017, front garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2017. Camera used Nikon D7200 with Sigma 105mm macro lens.
Eryngium maritimum A very distinctive plant with blueish-green or greyish green waxy leaves, with sharp-toothed spines. It produces tiny blue flowers in a large dome. It flowers June to September. Found along sandy coastlines, mainly on sand dunes. Common and widespread in England, Wales and Ireland, and absent from north and east Scotland. June 2012,… Read More Sea Holly
Silene uniflora The Sea Campion is a loose, scrambling plant which produces distinct white flowers with conspicuously veined sepals joined into an inflated tube. The leaves are green, hairless and waxy, and some remain green throughout the winter. It flowers March to October. Discovered in coastal habitats such as shingle banks, sand dunes and cliffs,… Read More Sea Campion
Wishing you all Love, Peace and Joy this Season and the coming New Year. Photograph taken December 2010, front garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2010. Camera used Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38.
Common Ivy (Hedera helix) Photograph of Common Ivy (Hedera helix), taken December 2016, local wood , Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.
Holly (Ilex aquifolium) Also called ‘English Holly’ ‘Common Holly’, ‘European Holly’, or ‘Christmas Holly’, it is a shade tolerant evergreen tree or shrub where it may grow into a scraggly form, but in good light it is spire-shaped, then becoming irregularly upright and pendulous with age. It can grow up to 23m (76ft) in height.… Read More Deck The Halls
Grasses dominate the English rural landscape, not just as meadows and pastures, but also as crops which feed man and animal alike. Grasses easily recolonise waste ground and cover waysides and embankments, and mixed meadow-grasses make for a most beautiful summer spectacle. We all know what grasses are like, they are such a common sight,… Read More About Grasses, Sedges And Rushes
Leymus arenarius This is a dense growing, blue-green grass with broad leaves and tall flower spikes. The spikes consist of many overlapping, flattened spikelets. Perennial. Plant height 1.5m. Flower size 35cm long. Flowers July to August. Found on the coast in sand dunes and upper beaches. It is a primary sand dune builder. Common and… Read More Lyme-grass
Ferns and horsetails are living fossils in that they are from the earliest forms of plant life on earth. They are vascular plants which prefer moist, shady environments, and reproduce via airborne spores or underground rhizomes. Ferns and horsetails are a monophyletic group, and the closest living relatives to seed bearing plants. Class: Polypodiopsida (Ferns)… Read More About Ferns And Horsetails
Dryopteris austriaca The fronds of the Broad Buckler Fern are deep green, are ovate-triangular in shape, and are 3-times pinnately divided. The stalks have dark-centred scales. The fronds are broader and longer than the Narrow Buckler Fern (Dryopteris carthusiana). Frond length up to 1m. Spore ripening time July to September. Found in hedgerows, scrub, damp… Read More Broad Buckler Fern
Asplenium ruta-muraria A delicate little evergreen fern with blueish-green or olive-green, club-shaped leaflets with toothed margins. Brown spores can be seen beneath the bipinnate (twice divided) fronds. Frond length up to 12cm. Found growing in the crevices of old walls or rocks, mainly where there is limestone. Widespread but commonest in W Britain and Ireland.… Read More Wall-rue Spleenwort
Asplenium trichomanes This little fern grows in tufts and has dark brownish to blackish-stemmed, pinnate fronds with pairs of small, oval leaflets. Frond length up to 15cm. Found growing in the crevices of old walls or rocks. A native species which is widespread but commonest in the west of Britain. Photographs of Maidenhair Spleenwort (Asplenium… Read More Maidenhair Spleenwort
Asplenium ceterach The thick, leathery fronds are pinnately divided into rounded lobes and form clumps. The back of the frond is covered in rusty-coloured scales. Frond length up to 20cm. Found growing in the crevices of lime-rich stone walls or rocks, especially in the mortar of old walls. It can withstand drought and will curl… Read More Rustyback
Polypodium vulgare The fronds are flat and oblong, with lobes fairly equal in size. They are dark green and are 1-pinnate. The sori are circular. Frond length 10 to 40cm. Found on walls, rocks and trees. Also found in damp, shady places like woodland banks and gorges. Common and widespread throughout, although mostly found in… Read More Common Polypody
Photograph of Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), taken in September 2016, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens. ISO 400. 1/25 sec. f/8.
Mentha aquatica Not long after making my garden pond earlier this year I planted Water Mint on the margin. It is a strong-smelling mint with large flowerheads comprising of two-lipped lilac-pink petals and crimson sepals. The stems are reddish and hairy with leaves which are oval and coarsely toothed, and often have a reddish tinge.… Read More Water Mint
Phragmites australis This is a tall and robust perennial reed which often forms vast stands near freshwater margins. The spikelets are purplish-brown in colour, the green leaves being long and broad. It can grow up to 2m tall. Flowers August to September, but turns brown and remains throughout the winter. Found in marshes, pools, and… Read More Common Reed
Equisetum telmateia This is Britain’s largest horsetail, with pinkish-brown fertile stems, and the sterile stems are whitish with 20 to 40 fine grooves. The sterile stems are heavily branched with between 20 to 40 emerging from each node. It can grow up to 2m tall. Fertile stems ripen in April, and sterile stems appear soon… Read More Great Horsetail
Hordeum murinum A tufted grass which produces unbranched, bristly flower spikes. The leaves are light green, flat and hairy. Annual. Plant height 30cm. Flower size 9 to 10cm. Flowers May to July. It is found on bare ground, waste ground, roadside verges, field and wood margins, and coastal areas. Common and widespread in central, southern… Read More Wall Barley
Anthriscus sylvestris Also called ‘Queen Anne’s Lace’, ‘Hedge Parsley’, ‘Wild Parsley’ and ‘Wild Chervil’, this is one of the earliest flowering umbellifers in spring. This is a fast-growing, tall plant with hollow, unspotted stems. It usually grows in great numbers and produces white frothy umbrellas made up of small white flowers. The leaves are large and… Read More Cow Parsley
Equisetum arvense Also called the ‘Common Horsetail’, the first to be seen of this plant is the pinkish-brown fertile stems, resembling small asparagus sprouts, followed by the green sterile stems with jointed segments and whorls of side shoots forming spreading patches where they grow. Plant height 75cm. Spore-bearing stems appear in March from tuber-bearing rhizomes,… Read More Field Horsetail
Bellis perennis Also called the ‘Lawndaisy’, this is a familiar small daisy. The solitary flower has a yellow central disc surrounded by white petals which are tinged pink on the undersides. The spoon-shaped leaves are hairy and are often crowded into a tight rosette. Plant height 5 to 10cm. Flower size 1.5 to 2.5cm wide… Read More Daisy