|Above: Marsh woundwort|
|The unusually dry weather has held back the usual summer growth of fleabane
(possibly so called because of its presumed pulicifuge effects).
As a result, the smaller plants have room to show.
We saw constellations of hawkbit, and carpets of bird’s-foot trefoil.
|Red bartsia is abundant, and we found marsh woundwort as well.
What a great place for traditional medicinal herbs!
|Red bartsia with hawkbit||New pond|
|The new pond is holding water well. A rich growth of creeping thistle has colonised the excavated soil –
the seed will be food for goldfinches, we hope. Small white butterflies dashed about in the breeze,
but the parade of gatekeepers (perhaps a recent hatch) kept low, and out of it.
|Seeding thistles||Gatekeeper male|
|All signs point to a good week for botany and butterflies, beginning 10th August.|