|"Zig Zag Clover" from a couple of years ago - just starting to come through today (Click over to enlarge)|
Decided to check out a area of Hutton Roof on the other side to where I have been working recently. I wanted to check out some old Schmalhausenii or for that matter some of the fabulous "Atrorubens" etc. But initially it proved very disappointing with most of the Schmals having now disappeared and just not come through. I have realised it has been a downward trend in this part of HR for some time now especially in connection to the hybrids. However all was worth it to find a very special new plant and here is why I think so.
|Probable relation to long gone Specimen 3 (Click over to enlarge)|
|Another photo of a cracking specimen possibly related to our old Spec 3 and|
which shows the "aerial" large bracts and 30 plus flowers which go all around the stem.
|3a showing the very narrow elongated spiralling leaves|
It was over five years ago that I found this beautiful population of Zig Zag Clover - Trifolium medium (see header photo above). In fact on the whole of Hutton Roof I have now found only three populations of this beautiful clover. Today I checked out one of the populations and it was obvious from the moment they came into view that this year is going to be something really special with the colony having swelled by five times on last year, although it will be a couple of weeks before most of them are in flower and what a glorious spectacle that will be. Here is a couple of photos from today which show some of the area they are covering and a little bonus to see one of the plants just coming into flower.
|Zig Zag Clover (Trifolium medium) Click over to enlarge|
|Shows about 1/4 of the Zig Zag population at this particular area - Click over to enlarge|
|Close up of Zig Zag leaf - 16th June 2017 - Click over to enlarge|