Sunny garden

Among the yellow rattle is a single bulbous buttercup. Even though it is common according to my book, I haven’t knowingly noticed one before. Its defining feature is downward pointing sepals but the leaves also look different from those of creeping buttercup, which tend to be mottled and not softly downy like these. At soil level, the stem broadens into a bulb-like swelling. I have inspected about a hundred other buttercups in the garden and this is the only bulbous buttercup I can find.

Wildlife included damselflies mating over the pond, a red beetle on the dead tree trunk, ants, butterflies, and a large millipede (4-5cm) under a brick.

lesser red damselfly
lesser red damselflies
P serraticornis
Pyrochroa serraticornis





Hypoxylon fragiforme
Possibly Hypoxylon fragiforme, growing on dead wood

Biodiversity in the patch we left wild (apart from the sowthistle, which is swanning about in the flower bed thinking I haven’t noticed):

Southern marsh orchids in a granite trough. They seem to be thriving despite the dry sandy soil.

southern marsh orchid
Southern marsh orchids
procumbent pearlwort

A tiny, creeping plant that may have come with the gravel we used for edging the pond: lesser swine cress, distinguished from regular swine cress by its dumbell-shaped fruits.


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