Himalayan Balsam is common on our river and streams, but as nice as the flowers maybe it is however an invasive weed. The brightly coloured flowers are usually in shades of purplish pink to white and flower from June to October. Himalayan Balsam can produce around 2,500 seeds in explosive seed pods that throw seeds 20 feet or more away from the original plant. The seeds can last in the ground for several years. Apart from how nice the flowers are I like these for the way they attract bees and such like. Join me tomorrow for some macro shots of these flowers gettin a visit .
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Walk Around Matley 3
Interesting sights to see in the Hedgerows around Matley
Rose Hips are the cherry-sized red fruits of the rose bush left behind after the bloom has died. Although nearly all rose bushes produce rose hips, the tastiest for eating purposes come from the Rosa rugosa variety
The leaves of the Holly tree have a leathery texture and are thick, green and glossy. Normally about 2 inches log, they are edged with stout prickles alternately pointing upwards and downwards, while most of the upper leaves have only a single prickle. The leaves have neither taste nor odour and stay attached to the tree for several years. When they do fall off, the leaves take a long time to decay seeming to stad up well to the natural actions of air and moisture.
Elder Berries & Black Berries
Elderberries are small, dark berries that grow in clusters on Elder trees. Elders are a hardy plant that grow along our hedgerows, they are fast growing and typically grow quite large and full... the berries can be used for many purposes. Blackberries are one of our most popular berries, I still pick them each year..... and along with apples I make pies and crumbles for the freezer