A lovely selection of flowers at Mount Wise Redoubt, a part of Plymouth I hadn’t seen before. Many bushes of spiny restharrow (because its tough stems would stop or ‘arrest’ a harrow), with teasels, knapweed and field scabious. I think the knapweed is lesser knapweed but a less common variant that has divided petals like greater knapweed. Along with scabious, it is a favourite nectar source for the marbled white butterfly.
Being near the sea gives a very different set of plants from the hedgerows near us. Lady’s bedstraw, golden (or tall) mellilot and fennel were abundant here.
There were some interesting flowers on the way home from the station too. I noticed long-stalked cranesbill here for the first time (above). The petals are barely notched and more delicate in style and colour than cut-leaved cranesbill. Each sepal ends in a long bristle. Because of the long stems, the flowers have a more ‘nodding’ appearance than other cranesbills such as the small, stiff dove’s foot below.
In the garden, I followed a butterfly that then rested with its wings oddly closed, with the forewings tucked inside the hindwings. This is a grayling, which I may not have managed to identify except that it was on the adjacent page of the book to the related marbled white.