OK…I know it is too soon to be talking about Autumn….but it is on the way. Just small signs but slowly it is creeping towards us.
Berries are full and ripe, the Rosebay Willow Herb so powerful a week ago is now setting seed, its foliage now living up to its other name of Fireweed. The woods are dark with long shadows, in those shadows the first of the autumnal Fungi are appearing. The much dreaded Japanese Knot Weed, much hated by conservationists, is doing a grand job providing nectar and pollen for bees and many other insects… flower heads are dropping and the vital; seeds are setting..
It has been a strange year so far with record high temperatures, lots of sunshine but also lots of rain. As a result all flora seems to have been plentiful…be it a weed or a hybrid, they have all loved it. I wonder if Autumn will be more plentiful than normal too
(C) David Oakes 2019