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Saturday, 5 October 2019
The top picture is allegedly Britain's biggest plant fossil; the other pictures are of random flowers and lily pads.
The orchids and other plants in the glass houses were many and varied - most colourful on an otherwise grey day. The oldest of the trees here were planted over 200 years ago. The gardens are a very special place. A slideshow will follow in due course.
We are now at the Balavil Hotel in Newtonmore, at a reunion of TGO Challengers. A happy gathering of like minded folk.
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Here's a picture taken on our 2005 trip to the SWCP. Most of that route was undertaken in May - over a period of years - during which the cliff top meadows are laden with Thrift (Armeria maritima).
A delight to behold.
Wednesday, 27 February 2019
I know that Dot appreciates a daily offering. Despite the brilliant weather I’ve got commitments at present that have stopped me making the most of the weather, so in the absence of ‘fresh activity’ I’m continuing with some flowers, which is always a pleasure, and not too taxing on the reader.
Today’s specimen is a short to medium sized gentian with a Latin name that even I can decipher! It was seen on 26 July 2018 above Bodenalpe, on the way to Leutkircher Hut.
Tuesday, 26 February 2019
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As described by Gillian Price:
Lime green stamens protrude from light yellow tube flowers crowded together on spikes. Multitudes of long wavy leaves grow up the stems.
While the name means ‘small bell’, the tag derives from the Greek for an ear of corn, referring to the shape of the flowerhead.
This specimen was pictured near the Rufikopf cable car station, high above Lech, on 25 July 2018. In all our visits to the Alps, we hadn’t noticed this flower before, despite its ‘medium’ size.
Tuesday, 29 January 2019
This plant is large in comparison to the ubiquitous blue gentians. Stems of up to 60cm in height are topped by clusters of upright bell-shaped pale yellow flowers with purple spots.
It’s not to be confused with the Great Yellow Gentian, which has pointed petals and no spots.
These specimens were seen on the Col di Lana on 10 July 2018.
Friday, 25 January 2019
As always, thanks to Gillian Price’s Alpine Flowers book for some of this information.
Note: Open Live Writer, which I have used for a long time to publish my blog postings, has stopped working for me. Publishing using Google’s ‘blogger’ product results in very low resolution images, but if you click on the image you should get a better quality version, and for postings with multiple images you can view the images by moving through the thumbnail versions at the bottom of the screen.
Thursday, 10 January 2019
Widespread up to 2000 metres in Alpine regions and elsewhere, this tall plant sports perfectly symmetrical showy flowers with pink centres, greenish tips, and bushy stamens. This specimen was in Austria, near Damuls, in July 2018.
Tuesday, 8 January 2019
Found all over the Alps, this fairly tall plant has distinctive backwards curving wine red petals with dark spots, leaving the stamens well exposed for visiting insects. It’s also known as ‘Turk’s Cap Lily’. The ‘martagon’ name tag derives from the Turkish word for turban.
This specimen was seen in Austria near Hinterbichl on 17 July last year.
Thursday, 27 December 2018
This denizen of high alpine meadows varies in colour from blackish purple to light pink. It’s a small, distinctive flower with a scent of vanilla with a hint of cocoa. It is said that cows that eat them produce milk with a chocolate flavour.
Whilst it’s abundant in the Alps, I don’t think you are likely to find it in the UK.
Wednesday, 26 December 2018
This distinctive gentian is native to central and eastern Europe, primarily in mountain woodland, though it does occur in less wooded open pasture in some areas, perhaps persisting after woodland clearance.
The fairly tall (60-90 cm) plant was abundant this year in woodland near Damüls, where this specimen was seen high above the Rhine valley near Lake Constance.
The plant has medicinal qualities, hence being named after Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing.
Tuesday, 11 December 2018
Nothing much other than domestic duties went on in Timperley today, so here’s a reminder of summer – a picture taken in the Austrian Alps on 23 July. These flowers are quite ‘petite’ and easy to miss, but when you do spot them – and they are very easy to identify - you can admire the wonderful colouring.
Friday, 26 October 2018
Well, I’m up to Day 27 of ‘Summer in the Alps’ with photo processing. On that day we left the Adlerweg (aka Kalkalpen Traverse) at Ansbacher Hut – pictured above.
From here we descended to Flirsch, leaving the ongoing path to Memminger Hut that coursed across the steep mountainside to our left.
It was a treat to discover Ghost Orchids on the descent.
Curiously, whilst composing this entry, I’ve just discovered that there is a Cicerone Guide to the Adlerweg. Hence the Kalkalpen Traverse guidebook hasn’t been updated. Curiously, when I contacted Cicerone about an update to my 1986 guidebook they didn’t mention the Adlerweg book though it covers most of the same ground.
Monday, 22 October 2018
I’m going to maintain a daily posting to entertain Dot, who is in the unfortunate position of having to forgo her frequent ‘coffee breaks’ with a neighbour who is very seriously ill. This lady is surrounded by people who don’t realise her close relationship for the past 30 to 35 years with Dot, who is not being updated on her condition and is naturally upset, especially as she isn’t sufficiently mobile to visit the neighbour.
So I hope these photos cheer you up, Dot. Pictured above are Sue, Jack, Ann and Colin, following me up to the 2821 metre summit of Kastenegg, with Großglockner in the background.
Below, a gem of the Alps, Spring Gentian, whose vivid shades of blue grace most limestone mountainsides.
These were both taken from ‘Day 18’ of our trip, which is where I’m up to with ‘processing’ the pictures. It seems appropriate to draw these images from the pictures I’m currently working on (albeit I am simply re-naming them at this point – I’ll describe the editing process next time).
Friday, 7 April 2017
With Sue taking a period off work, she could join me on a short (18 km) bike ride along the canal to Stretford, then on the Trans Pennine Trail heading west to the Bay Malton, and home along the canal again.
A pleasurable hour on the bikes.
The following pictures demonstrate my continuing need to learn the art of taking pictures of flowers… Can anyone identify this one?
Here are some more from today’s ‘towpath offering’.
Speedwell – (‘Wood’, perhaps, or could it be ‘Slender’?)
A garden escape?
Daffodil – I should have got to them earlier as they are fading fast in the dry weather.
Friday, 24 March 2017
It’s a couple of weeks since our last visit to the Winter Garden, so Helen’s arrival from Ottawa provided a good excuse for another visit.
Everything has come on. Leaves are spouting and new flowers are in bloom. Here’s a small selection.
The glamorous red shoots of this Cornus have now become obscured by the shrub’s bright green leaves.
As before, I didn’t make a note of the names, some of which may appear on the board below.
I hope readers enjoy this splash of colour – a mixture of my pictures and Sue’s rather more skilful ones.