Friday, 11 February 2022

Daphne Mezereone - Nature Diary 9th February 2022 - Stints


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Daphne Mezereone - Nature Diary 9th February 2022 - Stints

Photo: Daphne Mezereone Specimen 2 - Hutton Roof North side - 9th February 2022

Daphne Mezereone - Specimen 1 and Specimen 2 - Holme Stints

It was time to check out the Daphne Mezereone and I now reckon one more week will be spot on for Specimen 2 of which I have plenty of photos taken today which you can see below.

Sadly this year could well be the demise of Specimen 1 unless some miracle happens, I have seen this happen now with lots of Mezereone. It does still have a small amount of ripened buds but purely a token (see photo).

I also did a thorough check out to see if I could find anymore but nothing showing today.  But nice again to check the large interjectums (Polypodium interjectum) which are well at home in the fork of a medium sized hawthorn tree.  There are some good large boulders in this area which would support cambricum but again I could not find any today.

(above) is Specimen 1 which I found about 6 years ago, but sadly in the last three years it has deteriorated. The specimen is built on vintage gorse rooting which is showing signs of crumbling and as such has loosened the Daphne plant. Although it seems firmly fixed directly below it is vunerable by being so loose and swinging from side to side has the wind takes it, I have managed to temporarily trap it to stop if swinging.  Perhaps it could be side pinned or re-inforced some way. (A job at the end of flowering - IF!)

Moving on to Specimen 2 which is doing well and in full flower with scores of buds still waiting to open fully, I guess maybe one week to see the full showing.  But even today it looked well and here are a few photos.

And one or two other bits from this afternoon. 

Very large interjectums

Its now time for me to go over on the East side of Hutton Roof to check out our other Mezereones.


If you want the most up to date blogs about birding and vismig and other stuff please click over this link:

12th Feb 2021 - Just starting to see new growth etc

Thr 11th February 2021 - Early movement and Spring Bird Migration over Burton In Kendal.

Tues 9th February 2021 - Intertwined

17th Dec 2020 - Finding a new Polypodium cambricum on HRoof Crags

Thursday 19th November 2020 - Nice stroll or wander with fabulous wonders and my December copy for the local magazine - SEE BLOG BELOW THESE LINKS.....


Another recent blog on"The best moments of vis so far this year - click here

 2020 Visible Bird Migration records 

"Strange Polypodium Interjectum found in Burton (17th Oct 2020)

Cloud and Sunrise photo blog - click here

The new Orchid book "Britains Orchids" by Sean Cole and Mike Waller - please click this link for details.

Varieties of our local Hutton Roof Gentians and the reason for the 50/50 Purple and White, plus my research survey results. Plus "Upland Enchanters Nightshade (circae x intermedia)

 More Autumn Gentian photos (2020) can be seen here