|The Holly Fern (Polystichum lonchitis) of Hutton Roof|
After checking out all the other lovely magical things like Lesser Whitethroats, Chiffchaffs, Tree Pipits, A Cuckoo, distant Blackcaps, a Garden Warbler and lots more.
(It was greet to meet, a reet treet that could'nt be beet!) in fact not just one but two. Last year's television star the super rare "Polystichum lonchitis" or perhaps better known as the "Holly Fern" of Hutton Roof has re appeared this year in its majestic splendour with a frenzy of fronds! commanding their rightful place within the depleted nooks and crannies of the turbulent beauty of the slippery limestone floor.
If that wasn't enough, just a forty yard throwing distance lies another beauty showing upright and proud, and this one (Holly Fern No.2) is seen beating off the competition of its intermingled cousin the Hard Shield Fern which struggles with its two fronds compared to Holly's fresh ten frond advantage.
|Holly Fern No.2 with intermingled Hard Shield Fern|
Also checked out the current status of the Helliborines (both Dark Red and Broad Leaved), at least a week or two to go yet. My first flowering Common Rock Rose (fingers crossed for the Northern Brown Argus). No sun showing today, just drizzle, because it would have been nice to check out the Small Pearl Bordered Fritillaries or even better to have been met with the rare "Pearl Bordered".
That soldier man is still about up there and staring at you from his limestone impression
|Nearby "Angular Solomon's Seal"|
|Rigid Buckler Fern - locally plentiful|
|The face staring at you (click over to enlarge)|