30 Days Wild, Day 29 – More uninvited guests

Three weeks from my last look at the uninvited guests in my garden for #30DaysWild, things have moved on.  The speedwells, welsh poppies and wild garlic are more or less finished flowering now and are setting seed.  Now there are creeping buttercups and white clover flowering in the lawn and tiny black medick in cracks in the paving stones.

Legume collage

White clover (Trifolium repens) and Black medick (Medicago lupulina)     

Feverfew is another opportunist growing through gravel beside the path.

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Feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium

I hadn’t noticed before that some tiny white flowers encircle the yellow disc florets.

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At the back of the garden, scramblers are starting to flower too – delicate cleavers and brambles, which clamber their way up though the hedge and along the fence. Both grow staggeringly fast at this time of year, several cm a day, to outcompete the plants around them and maximise the light they can harvest for seed production.  In fact, there was one place where brambles had grown noticeably further across the path in the two days  between my orchid-hunting visits to Thrislington on 25th and 27th June.  My legs bear the scars!

Hedge collage

Cleavers (Galium molluga) and bramble (Rubus fruticosus)

There is also plenty of Broad-leaved willowherb coming into flower – I’m happy to leave it for now but have to admit I’ll probably pull it out before it sets seed too profusely!

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