I went down to the Eden walk to have a look at moss, but the path was flooded.
The boggy area which was dry but full of reeds in the summer is now completely under water.
A lady told me that the water had been much higher yesterday, covering most of the path up to the entrance.
Just a reminder of a good morning recording on my doorstep, but as ever, discovering things I didn’t know were there.
I set out along the road to St Mary’s Farm, recording as I went. Found a little footbridge into an uncultivated area where there was Comfrey.
After a session with the book, I’ve decided to record as Symphytum tuberosum. The only other option on the sheet was uplandicum, which it’s not.
In the hedgerow I found a hawthorn which didn’t look like the usual – the leaves were shinier and rounder.
After some help from Twitter, I checked the styles and yes, there were two – so Crataegus laevigata, not monogyna.
I found a waymarked path which I didn’t know was there, and followed it up the side of a field to a hidden meadow full of yellow flowers. Too late for daffs. I was delighted to find that they were cowslips.
I tried to ID some grasses, but must learn more about them. Loved this one, seen close-up ( Meadow Foxtail?).
And I found a mystery sedum which might be Roseroot, but not sure. So as ever, will have to go back…