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Veronicas

Germander Speedwell


Wood Speedwell, Veronica montana, with the flower stalk coming out of the leaf axil. Dunkeld.

Blue Water-speedwell, Veronica anagallis-aquatica, at Cassindonald Bog, 10 August 2018. Pictures a bit rushed because thunder rolling in the background. Several plants, all at this stage.
Flower.

Leaves (sessile, large)

Plant

Marsh Speedwell, Veronica scutellata, at Morton Lochs on 4 August 2018. Narrow stiff leaves.

Thyme-leaved Speedwell, Veronica serpyllifolia. Growing up the Owlet wood path, Cupar – June? 2018.

(After getting Mgt to check my conclusions) – Green Field Speedwell, Veronica agrestis.


Path through the wood behind Shell Bay caravan site. We keyed it out, checked the fruits and found only glandular hairs.

Heath Speedwell, Veronica officinalis. Tentsmuir.

Think this is Heath Speedwell gone over.

Addition from May 2019.
I’d never even heard of Veronica peregrina, American Speedwell, but clever Margaret spotted it on a bit of waste ground at Auchterarder. Pictures not the best, as taken from a specimen she brought home to identify.


The key feature is the upper bract, which is longer than the petals.

To be added to – a work in progress

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Blebo woods

The hottest day of the year and I decide to walk uphill to Kemback then up the steps to Blebo.

Started off cool at the waterfall, with Lesser Stitchwort and Sweet Cicely.


Going up the hill was tough, even counting flowers. But I got to Blebo and walked along the top of the village. Lots of Geranium lucidum.

And some lovely calves with their mothers.

Then I found my way down through the woods, which were just beautiful in the sunshine.


I found another waterfall, might go back to look at moss there sometime.


Tentsmuir again

At last I have a car that I can trust not to get me stranded at Tentsmuir, so off I went. It was a grey, quiet day. Well – the weather was quiet, but Tentsmuir itself wasn’t so much. Unfortunately for me, they were spraying the sea buckthorn bushes that have seeded themselves on the dunes, and this meant an annoying little vehicle going back and forward over all my precious plants. Leaving tracks.
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The poor buckthorn were turned a strange shade of green.

Oh well, there were lots of things to make up for the lack of peace and quiet. Eyebright colonies all over the turf.
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Evening primrose – and I saw one on the right-hand side of the path this year, so maybe it’s spreading.
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I love the paint-chart way the sea sandwort colours in the autumn.
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And the colour change in these leaves:
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Sea centaury (no picture), thyme, wood sage, harebells and, oh joy, still some grass of parnassus flowering. And because the light was so grey, I actually got a picture that shows the beautiful veining and the little clumps of stamens.
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There were also lots of fungi appearing. Identification to follow, if I can manage it. So nice to see some before the slugs get to them.
spotted fungi

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red fungi underneath

red fungi

amethyst fungi

overlapping fungi

Coming back, the RAF put on a farewell display over Leuchars. I went to have a look at the birds, and saw some Canade Geese.


One morning, two places

The forecast looked terrible but when I set out to Fleecefaulds the sun was shining. No wind, and just enough frost on the ground to make it firm and not a total quagmire.

The sheep were along to the left, a new part of the reserve for me.
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I liked these semi-frozen oak leaves.
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And the view from the car park.
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It was so peaceful and still, apart from when I startled a pheasant from under my feet…

The snowdrops in the car park are far behind the others I saw yesterday, maybe because it’s quite high up.
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It was such a lovely morning that I decided to head over to Tentsmuir; however, by the time I got there, the weather was beginning to catch up with the forecast. It was cold and grey and windy.

I found some good sand markings, but even they were grey.
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There was one lovely splash of colour, the reddish pink of a bullfinch pecking at the faded orange buckthorn berries – if only I’d had the camera ready! – but generally, not nearly as many berries at last year?
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I love the sea buckthorn buds, bronze on the smooth grey twigs. They are quite prominent – showed up clearly on this bush silhouetted against the sky.

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New Year, new home for the blog

The Candybunnywildside blog is now defunct. The content has been carefully transferred here, and I think the pictures look slightly better in their new home.  Now I’m all ready for the flowers of 2011.