We’ve had a great few weeks walking. Lovely soft summery days with a light breeze and some sunshine. The wild flowers on the Barrow track are incredible this year. Many of our guests have asked me to make a list of all we see. I think the most interesting way of doing this is to talk a little bit about some of the plants we saw, eg. yesterday on our Ecotrail. Masses of great blousy Meadowsweet with it’s heady scent; two types of Buttercup, the Creeping one which we all dread in our gardens, because it is so invasive and the taller Meadow Buttercup. Heaps of Hemp Agrimony, Herb Robert and the last of the Ladies Smock – host food of the Orange Tip Butterfly. Sloes are fattening on the Blackthorn and the Dog Roses are lovely at the moment.
We also saw lots of ferns; Scaly Male, some Bucklers and on a roadside verge a single Royal Fern. Plenty of Hart’s Tongue Ferns and skinny Spleenworths.
Woundworts. Rose Bay Willow Herb and great swathes of Giant Willow Herb and emerging spikes of Purple Loosestrife.This is not all we saw but just a sliver of what’s growing wild in the beautiful Blackstairs area.
In the coming weeks new names will be added, just watch this space!