Elsewhere in April

Elsewhere in the past couple of weeks, some interesting tiny coastal plants under the viaduct in Bittaford: common scurvygrass (heart-shaped leaves, distinctive spherical seed pods; once used by sailors to prevent scurvy) and Danish scurvygrass (ivy-shaped leaves) come inland where roads are salted. My phone wasn’t quite up to photography on this miniature scale. Thale cress was growing in the same patch.

On the verge between Bittaford and Ivybridge, small-flowered cranesbill and white deadnettle:


Bugle and honesty in the hedge at Hillhead near Ugborough


Marsh violets near Piles Copse

marsh violet


and Lucy found a beautiful big black beetle in our garden and took this photo. We think it is a black oil beetle, though it could possibly be a violet oil beetle

oil beetle

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