Tuesday, 28 June 2011
....Don't expect this to be an informative post! I only know half a dozen wild flowers and they are REALLY common! But today Julian Branscombe, of the Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership, came over and led a walk looking at Graemsay wild flowers. We started down at the old croft of Quoys, which has a burn running beside it, and old, mostly native (to Orkney) trees. Probably the only patch of native trees on Graemsay. I love going down to the old croft house and hearing the sound of the "babbling brook".
Anyway, here is Julian explaining the finer points of....um.... a plant....oooh I remember now, it was a "wild" variety of forget-me-not.... I think......
There were also tree ferns (no not the tropical ones!), these really are ferns that grow on trees (well on Graemsay they do anyway).
And one of my favourites - a moss covered tree.
Then there was "hay rattle" (ok a bit blurry)
This is Ladies Smock
This one is a potentilla (the wild variety not the cultivated garden one).
And this is a wee Water Sprite!