Beautiful sunny morning, ideal to check out the grand array of presented varietal Autumn Gentians(Gentianella amarella).
I knew I had not dreamt it! but about three years ago I do clearly remember seeing Autumn Gentians displayed on this banking leading up through Holme Stinted Pastures, but last year was different in that I did see Gentians on this same banking but they were not Autumn Gentians but turned out to be Field Gentian (Gentianella campestris). Now today the banking is full again but with Autumn Gentians, both the regular purple looking and also the white version known as
"Septentrionalis" and even others that don't match up with a purple or a white, a sort of in between of the both.
So looking back on last years records the Field Gentian came through a little later, a fortnight or so further on. I wonder if we will get them again this year, I do not see why not! but we could well have said the same thing about the Autumn Gentian which seemed to be absent last year. Now then say they both come through together on the small piece of banking, will that mean that it may be worth searching for a hybrid! is there such a thing between these two species?
I later went up on the nearby Holme Park Fell because I know in good Autumn Gentian years I should find the whole track across the fell lined with Gentians, I was not to be dissapointed, perhaps smaller numbers than some previous years, but still plenty and far better specimens this year, although several were already out, I cant wait for another week or two and there should be hundreds out (if not a thousand or more), some will be reaching 6-8" and full of flowers. Even today I managed to find both purple and white versions next to one another. Here are a few photos to show: