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Martin
Botanical surveyor and artist. If it's about plants, I'll be interested.
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Martin Jun 16
Replying to @MNisbet5
water crowfoots can be tricky to ID from a photo and so I'll make the suggestion to start at either Common or Pond Water Crowfoot and see if it fits that - there is an ID guide here (scroll down)
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Martin Jun 16
Replying to @Sue__Moss
Ha! It was back sitting on top of the bookcase - I really should carry it around at all times...just in case! πŸ˜„
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Martin Jun 16
Replying to @sneezysnooze
Might be easier a bit later in the year when the flowers are out!...if I remember correctly the plant smells spicy? or curry-like?
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Martin Jun 16
I thought northern marsh orchid too
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Martin Jun 16
Replying to @sneezysnooze
might well be Tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum)?
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Martin Jun 16
This is a Salvia and probably the variety 'Caradonna' Great plant to have in the garden and bees love it!
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Martin Jun 16
I'd agree on that too - I've just been thinking it would be interesting to see the pink version too! Distribution is here
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Martin Jun 16
just looked it up and I agree - that's an exciting find! and really clear photos.
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Martin Jun 16
Replying to @Penny4It
we went on Monday, before all the rain, and so were able to have a bit of a scramble on the rocks looking at the plants - wouldn't have been possible today and so very grateful we went when we did
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Martin Jun 16
Replying to @Penny4It
When I got back home I remembered I had a book on botanical walks in the area and if I had read that first then I would have been on the look out for this plant - definitely distinctive in habit of growth though, even if it did take a while to sink in...
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Martin Jun 16
Replying to @lucy_carden94
I've not seen this before but it looks like a leaf of something that is ?under stress? and so has turned red or perhaps has a virus or fungal infection. I wonder whether it is a distorted cat's-ear leaf? Other than well-spotted! not sure I can add more
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Martin Jun 16
Replying to @Jimtheteach
I used to grow this in a garden once and it does look like it - it's not recorded growing wild in that area would it be possible to inform your local BSBI recorder of its location?
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Martin Jun 16
Having spotted one...they will be all everywhere you walk this summer πŸ˜‰
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Martin Jun 16
Replying to @GwenfarsGarden
might also have been as seed in the soil if you bought it in to fill the beds? Mum has a little dark purple one that just pops up here and there and when individual plants look a bit scraggy she just pulls them out and there's always another one somewhere else - lovely to have
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Martin Jun 16
yes definitely the shade will make the leaflets be at the upper end or greater than what is normally recorded. Also yes if the soil is fairly rich then that helps in terms of them being larger size
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Martin Jun 16
Replying to @inthemarches
there is limestone but also I think sandstone and I'm not knowledgeable to know which the wall is...although having looked closely at the photo most of the pale grey is a lichen(s) of some sort.
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Martin Jun 16
Replying to @GwenfarsGarden
that would more likely be Wild Pansy (Viola tricolor) or a similar garden cultivar
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Martin Jun 16
I think with books they describe what's typical - so maybe that is the case usually but just not in this case? All the other features should fit zig-zag?
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Martin Jun 16
Replying to @ForestGdnWales
Yes that's a good idea - I'm going to try and talk to my local council about trying to get their mowing team to do a patchy-mow system which would be the municipal equivalent of what the gardener was doing.
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Martin Jun 16
Replying to @TheSandlings
I like to think I'm working on making the River Tees near Middlesbrough look that attractive, but sadly that is about half an hour or so drive up-river into the hills. Although we did once (1950s) have globeflower in Billingham near Middlesbrough.
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