Monday, 16 June 2014
Visit to an Ancient Hay Meadow and a few Garden Flowers
I made my annual pilgrimage yesterday to Notcutts (Monkspath) Meadow - apologies to anyone who has been visiting my blog for any length of time as I do tend to do a post on this each year. This ancient hay meadow is believed to be around 800 years old and is a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It's owned by Notcutts Garden Centre and managed under the supervision of Natural England. Around 150 species of flora can be found found including several grass species commonly found in old meadows, marshland and ancient woodland. The meadow is only open for a couple of weekends in June each year under the guidance of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.
Tormentil (Potentilla erecta)
Greater Burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis)
Lesser Stitchwort (Stellaria graminea)
Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor)
Yellow Rattle and Bird's Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
Red Clover, Yellow Rattle, Lesser Stitchwort and Bird's Foot Trefoil
A few of the many species of grasses
Common Sorrel (Cumex acetosa)
Germander Speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys), Lesser Stitchwort and Clover
The stars of the show - Heath Spotted Orchids (Orchis ericetorum) - photos show the different variations in colour.
I had a quick look round the Nurseries before going home and spotted this beautiful peony
There were lots of displays of pollinator friendly plants
and insect homes.
I rather liked this "green" car!!
Cosmos now planted and they will hopefully be attracting lots of hoverflies and bees in a month's time. Having seen the price of these plants at the nurseries I am feeling rather smug that we grow them from seed :)
Yellow Flags in the bog garden - they are flowering several weeks earlier this year
Ox-eye Daisies, Red Campion and Meadow Buttercup in the wildflower meadow.
Honeysuckle (hopefully it will attract some moths!) and
foxgloves are in flower too.