Monday, 20 May 2019

Snippets of Wealth - Mon 20th May 2019 - Dalton Crags and The Common - Green Spleenwort/Holly Fern/Spring Sandwort/Mouse E Hawkweed/Aculeatum/Ang Sol Seal


Plantago lanceolata (Ribwort Plantain) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Plain Quarry Car Park, Dalton on 20th May 2019


Pilosella officinarum (Mouse Eared Hawkweed) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Dalton Crags on 20th May 2019

 Polystichum aculeatum (Hard Shield fern) click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 20th May 2019
Shows the uncurling of the pinnae

 Asplenium viride (Green Spleenwort) Click over to enlarge
Hutton Roof Common on 20th May 2019

 Asplenium viride (Green Spleenwort) Click over to enlarge
Hutton Roof Common on 20th May 2019 

Polygonatum odoratum (Angular Solomons Seal) click over to enlarge
Rare photo showing the unravelling of flowers from a leaf cocoon
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 20th May 2019

Polystichum lonchitis (Holly Fern) No 1 with croziers click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 20th May 2019

 Polystichum lonchitis (Holly Fern) No 2 with croziers click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 20th May 2019


 Minuartia verna (Spring Sandwort) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 20th May 2019


Sunday, 19 May 2019

Snippets of Wealth - Sun 19th May 2019 - Park Wood and below - Hutton Roof Village - Rock Rose/Rinnenkarren/Ribwort Plantain/



Rinnenkarren - Hutton Roof (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Rakes, Hutton Roof 19th May 2019

Today I wanted to check on the progress of the Common Rock Rose on the banking below Park Wood, and they are doing really well with a good opening spread throughout the banking, I just hope that they are still out in force for when the Northern Brown Argus butterfly arrives. 


Plantago lanceolata (Ribwort Plantain) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Plain Quarry, Dalton on 19th May 2019

Just called in to Plain Quarry to check out the Fairy Foxglove which are stunning at the moment, but was really surprised to find this supersize (to one metre) Plantago lanceolata (Ribwort Plantain) in the verges of the car park (see photo above).



Erinus alpinus - (Fairy Foxglove) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Plain Quarry, Dalton Crags

The Fairy Foxglove is now showing at its best!


 Helianthemum nummularium (Common Rock Rose) Click over to enlarge)
Photo: below Park Wood, Hutton Roof on 19th May 2019



 Helianthemum nummularium (Common Rock Rose) Click over to enlarge)
Photo: below Park Wood, Hutton Roof on 19th May 2019

 Helianthemum nummularium (Common Rock Rose) Click over to enlarge)
Photo: below Park Wood, Hutton Roof on 19th May 2019

Helianthemum nummularium (Common Rock Rose) Click over to enlarge)

Photo: below Park Wood, Hutton Roof on 19th May 2019

Again this area is so fruitful with primrose and cowslips in the bottom, but the banking shown above are now just full of Helianthemum nummularium Common Rock Rose and Salad Burnet and occasional Spring Cinquefoil.

It is so rich and probably the largest expanse of Rock Rose I have ever seen. The area is already established with the rare Northern Brown Argus butterfly which will soon be able to take advantage of this fabulous spectacle.
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Lysimachia nemorum (Yellow Pimpernel) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Park Wood, Hutton Roof 19th May 2019


Pedicularis sylvatica (Marsh Lousewort) (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: below Park Wood, Hutton Roof on 19th May 2019



One of Hutton Roofs Daphne Mezereone - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 19th May 2019
See next photo below showing fruits



One of Hutton Roofs Daphne Mezereone - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof on 19th May 2019
Photo shows fruits 
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Lotus corniculatus (Birdsfoot Trefoil) and Trifolium dubium (Lesser Trefoil) taking over a anthill - Click over to enlarge
Photo: above Crag Foot, Hutton Roof on 19th May 2019

Trifolium dubium (Lesser Trefoil) taking over a anthill - Click over to enlarge
Photo: above Crag Foot, Hutton Roof on 19th May 2019


 Ajuga reptans (Bugle) in Park Wood - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Bugle in Park Wood, Hutton Roof on 19th May 2015

 Ajuga reptans (Bugle) in Park Wood - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Bugle in Park Wood, Hutton Roof on 19th May 2015






Alchemilla vulgaris agg. Ladys Mantle (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 20th May 2019

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Snippets of Wealth - Sat 18th May 2019 - Hutton Roof Common and Burton Fell/Heath Milkwort/Fly Orchid/Dark Red Helleborine


Sat 18th May 2019 - Hutton Roof Common and Burton Fell

First job was checking out the large amounts of variable coloured Milkwort which ranged from white, blue and white, green and white to china blue to deep royal blue. The only regular colour I could not find amongst them which would have completed the colours was "pink".

I must have examined over 20 specimens to see if they had opposite side basal leaves and sure enough they all qualified for Polygala serpyllifolia (Heath Milkwort) both on the Hutton Roof Common and again sampled populations on Burton Fell. 


Polygala serpyllifolia (Heath Milkwort) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 18th May 2019
Shows the low down basal leaves set at true opposite sides of the stem
which confirms "Heath Milkwort".

 Polygala serpyllifolia (Heath Milkwort) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 18th May 2019
Shows both the leaf structure together with the lower down basal leaves
 set at true opposite sides of the stem which confirms "Heath Milkwort".
A nice royal blue specimen


 Polygala serpyllifolia (Heath Milkwort) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 18th May 2019
Shows the low down basal leaves set at true opposite sides of the stem
which confirms "Heath Milkwort".


 Polygala serpyllifolia (Heath Milkwort) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 18th May 2019
Shows both the leaf structure together with the lower down basal leaves
 set at true opposite sides of the stem which confirms "Heath Milkwort".
A nice light purple and white specimen

Polygala serpyllifolia (Heath Milkwort) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 18th May 2019
A nice white with green specimen

 Polygala serpyllifolia (Heath Milkwort) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 18th May 2019
Shows both white and blue close together

Polygala serpyllifolia (Heath Milkwort) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 18th May 2019
Shows white collective

 Polygala serpyllifolia (Heath Milkwort) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 18th May 2019
Shows light blue collective


Polygala serpyllifolia (Heath Milkwort) - Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 18th May 2019
Shows nice blue flower with white

Moving on from the Milkwort, one of my main objectives today was to check out the Fly Orchids. They are coming through at least 3 sites were I visited. They are doing well and in the majority of cases they just have one flower and will be about 2 weeks off their best. I did manage to take photos of a couple of them


Ophrys insectifera (Fly Orchid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 18th May 2019


Ophrys insectifera (Fly Orchid) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 18th May 2019


And now I moved on and checked out our atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborines and helleborine (Broad Leaved Helleborine) orchids.  Some of them are now showing and were about 3" high, but a lot of them were still not showing. Maybe I should be a little concerned in that the ones not showing are the ones that suffered last year from the draught and were killed off part way through their early day growth, so I guess its a wait and see period over the coming 10 days. It might just be they need a little longer.  But below are a few photos. I also decided to have lunch and sat down close to populations no.9 and within minutes a Hare leapt up and out of a nearby Juniper bush and I don't know who was the more startled! it must have been hiding there and ran within a metre of my feet. I never saw Mr. Hare at all last year so obviously he his still about! 


 Epipactis helleborine var: variagated (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Hutton Roof 18th May 2019


Epipactis atrorubens Specimen 11 (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof 18th May 2019

Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof 18th May 2019

 Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof 18th May 2019


 Epipactis atrorubens (Dark Red Helleborine) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof 18th May 2019


You might not think it looking at the above photo,
 but this was the "albiflora" back in 2016 which
produced the beautiful flower you can see in the next photo below
although today it looks very much Dark Red Helleborine


Epipactis atrorubens var: albiflora back in 2016 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Taken by Graham Preston - Hutton Roof 


Epipactis helleborine (Broad Leaved Helleborine)
Photo: Hutton Roof on 18th May 2019





There are several of these rare "Whitebeams" on the common and they all have their slight variations on one another.  The species is called Sorbus lancastriensis and is a speciality of the local area. I am told the best way to tell the difference from a regular Whitebeam is to count the veins in the leaf and if you count between 8 to 10 pairs it is likely to be the rare lancastriensis, but if the pairs exceed this amount it is more than likely to be the regular Whitebeam.


Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Burton Fell, Hutton Roof on 18th May 2019

Checking out lots more Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley) today which is now at about its best but so hard to photograph with being white. Also today checking out Polygonatum odoratum (Angular Solomons Seal) but this population today still had its flowers erect before they droop to hanging, so expect another 10 days at least. 


Thalictrum minus (Lesser Meadow Rue) Click over to enlarge
Photo: Hutton Roof Common on 18th May 2019

The beautiful Thalictrum minus (Lesser Meadow Rue) is just coming out and always looks well, although it will be another week or two before the flowers appear.