Monday, August 29, 2005

It's great to get help from the experts

And this is happening increasingly with FloralImages. Inevitably I make mistakes in identifying flowers - despite my best efforts to educate myself in this area. The comments I get from real experts could not be more courteous and helpful. It all contributes, I hope, to making FloralImages even more useful !

Recently my Burren pictures have been rendered much more accurate thanks to
Dr C Nelson.

Friday, August 26, 2005

An English Country Garden

I'm always happy when other sites link - and Jenny Bailey has brought her excellent site to my notice in this way. As she says it's amazing what you find when you start looking at what is growing wild on your patch.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Another Blog

Michael Peverett spends much more time putting his thoughts into his blog than I do - many of them botanical based on walking and observing at the other end of the Mendips from me. It's well worth a visit for images of primrose variants and musings on why some Dwarf Thistles have stemmed flowers (something I discovered this year as well).

My only update this week was from Uphill - nothing new but some improved pictures including Felwort (Autumn Gentian) in sun - better rendition of the actual colour of the flowers which is interesting - I worked hard to get the cloudy white balance right for the previous set of pictures taken a fortnight before. Also interesting that the plants were hardly flowering any more than previously - despite two weeks of sun with some rain.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Autumn again

Autumn Lady's-tresses is another plant that gets a bit ahead of its name. But it was only just out at Uphill today and there were more plants not yet ready to flower.

It would be easy to miss and there were not a huge number in only one small corner of the reserve (that I found).

Then walking back over the hill past Uphill old church (a very frequented recreational area) I bumped into another spike.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Autumn Gentian

Common names of plants seem to move the seasons forward. I found "Autumn Gentian" yesterday - the height of UK summer. Similarly "Summer Snowflake" flowers long before you could possibly call it summer...

But the Autumn Gentian is a classy plant - well worth the search. It seems to be an aristocratic plant family.