Since finding the red and white toadstools, I’ve been keeping my eye open for unusual types of fungi and have discovered several on woodland walks. I can’t even hazard a guess at naming most of them, but this could be another fly agaric with its spots washed off. Continue reading “WalkingSquares: Toadstools”
When I first noticed these weird flowers in Sunnyhurst Wood, I couldn’t fathom what kind of plant I was seeing. In places, they grew among leaves, but these were leaves of other plants. Where they were alone, it was clear that the flowers were leafless. Continue reading “Lathraea clandestina (Purple toothwort) For KindaSquare”
The word ‘verdant’ seems designed for this herbaceous perennial woodlander. Not quite all green, it has yellow flowers that emerge in winter and persist for some time amongst a mound of leaves. Beth Chatto’s website calls Sanicula epipactis ‘an endearing little plant’; I’ll add that the flowers form a cheerful congregation.
They are tiny, clustered ankle high in button-sized domes, surrounded by a collar of lime green bracts. Later, leaves push up between them, gradually unfurling as their stems lengthen. Continue reading “Green Flowers: Sanicula epipactis”