Old and new.

18th March 2012:  I think the beginning of the growing season is the right time to post images of old and new marsh plant growth.

12 Comments on “Old and new.

  1. Nice plants and flowers! I didn’t now you live in the future! 2912? 🙂

  2. It’s always interesting to see your posts, in this case, how much farther ahead the plants there are when compared to around here, even though you’re a tad farther north.

  3. we have a few of those here ..dock for instance …. but our change-over time is more subtle … now the waterlilies and lotus are finishing … the winter flowering natives are opening their flowers to the birds … thank you for reflecting on change 🙂

  4. The dreaded Himalayan Balsam indeed Mike! I have noticd that it is well on it’s way! I spotted my first Daisies of the year yesterday. It is refreshing to see the new replacing the old now.
    Lovely pics Mike.

  5. Whenever I hear or read something like “dreaded…whatever” I make the assumption it’s because it is aggressive and not native to the area. We tend to get upset and over-anxious about those types of flora here in Indianapolis and will have volunteers weeding them out of parks and nature reserves if possible. Is that the case with the Himalayan Balsam or is it just an obnoxious plant?

    I am intrigued by the Willow Catkins. It’s reminiscent of the pussy willow but not quite. Now I’m eagerly awaiting the flora part of the marsh as well as the fauna. 🙂

  6. Thanks, Dezra.

    Himalayan balsam is not native to the UK: it takes over during summer. The marsh cattle will eat it, but not quickly enough. Yes, attempts are made to manually pull it out, but the balsam wins in the end.

    The image does show pussy willow catkins.

    The blooms are beginning to show now, it won’t be long before this blog is full of them flowering plants and macro images of insects..

    • Sad about the balsam. I know how frustrating it is to have something like that take over.

      And as I looked more closely at the pussy willow catkins, I see that they are similar. I googled it and ended up on Wikepedia….but it looks like you have the male catkins there. I have always loved pussy willows. They so intrigued me as a child.

      • I like Himalayan balsam and the nectar loving insects think a lot of them, too. The flowers they produce are the last to die, so the bees and hoverflies are active for longer because of them. However, they are too invasive; they grow to heights of around eight feet, and I have to battle through them during summer. At the end of summer, when it’s time is right, the balsam seeds are catapulted outwards with surprising force when the stalks are brushed against.

        At the end of the growing season, the balsam stalks turn brittle and snap off. The ground is then covered in a thick carpeted of bleached, hollow white litter.

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