Evening botany this week

This week I've been making use of the light evenings while we still have them! 

On Monday an after-work drive out to Mettingham near Bungay was in order for a target plant - Small Teasel. I found 5 plants pretty easily in the churchyard. The flower heads may be small but the overall plants is still impressively big! In the nearby village hall carpark I also found the double-flowerd form of Soapwort known as 'Bouncing Bett' (!) and some inconspicuous Balm.

                                                                                                                                 Small Teasel
                                                                                                                           Soapwort 'Bouncing Bett'

Tuesday was football night so I next ventured out on Wednesday evening at the invite of my friend Meg who's family farm a large area of land in the Finningham/Gislingham area. We spent a lovely evening catching up and driving around the fields in search of plants. And there were some good ones too - Small Toadflax was my no.1 target but also Fool's Parsley, Parsley Piert, Swinecress, Many-seeded Goosefoot and a random Red Oak were all good new ones for me. Both Round-leaved and Sharp-leaved Fluellens and Dwarf Spurge were seen in numbers and a family party of Grey Partridges with 3 young was also great to see.

                                                                                                                                     Small Toadflax
                                                                                                                                        Fool's Parsley
                                                                                                                                     Parsley Piert
                                                                                                                    Many-seeded Goosefoot

I had intended calling in a Billingford Common on the way home the previous night but spent too long with Meg and it was almost dark when I passed. So instead I poodled over there at lunchtime today. I  spotted Rough Comfrey, a white specimen of Musk Mallow and some Pink Sorrel. Down at the marsh there was plenty of Large-flowered Hemp Nettle and Common Hemp Nettle still in bloom. 

                                                                                                                                       Musk Mallow
                                                                                                                                   Rough Comfrey
                                                                                                                     Large-flowered Hemp Nettle
                                                                                                                              Common Hemp Nettle
                                                                                                                                      Pink Sorrel

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