|Ferns and flowers by the smartly painted door.|
Three visits per year in Spring, mid and late summer would be ideal for ... plant recording.
I've decided to add in another visit, four weeks after my first, to see some of the plants that Helen pointed out, before I forgot too much. At the beginning of the month we saw bluebells just beginning to flower. Now both the English and Spanish varieties are in full bloom.
|Honeybee on Spanish Bluebell (possibly hybrid) - notice the bluish pollen|
|English Bluebells showing creamy-coloured pollen.|
|English Bluebells by touching wall memorials.|
|E.B. 1765 and J. B. 1779.|
Apart from grave digging, the grassland will have been relatively undisturbed, re-seeding naturally for hundreds if not thousands of years. ...
A benefit of this continuity of management over a very long time is a diversity of beautiful grasses and flowers and associated animals, some of which may now be uncommon or rare in Britain.
|A tiny (6mm) Red-Girdled Mining Bee on Germander Speedwell.|
It seems that the old turf of Holy Cross church is just the place for this little bee. It has escaped the fertilizers and weedkillers intended to "improve" grass but end up driving out wildflowers and the pollinators that depend on them.
Of course I was in the churchyard to find more plants that I could add to my list. I was able to identify about 10 more ranging from a humble Common Chickweed to Ash Trees that make up part of the hedge.
|Large Red Damsel Fly - only about an inch long!|
|Pellitory-by-the-wall - tiny female flowers|
|Blackbird - making it clear to a rival who owns this patch.|