Sunday, 31 August 2014

Ivy Flowers and Burdock

As the flowers of Burdock fade, you can see the fruits forming. These are the burrs that children (and silly adults) delight to throw at other people so that they catch on their woolly coats or jumpers.
 
 
  Some more common plants that use people and other furry animals to spread their seeds about are goosegrass, herb bennet (or wood avens) and agrimony, which seems to specialise in socks.
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While while most plants are preparing their fruits and seeds for autumn, the Ivy is just producing its flower buds. 
 

 
These will provide a last feast of nectar and pollen for insects before the frost cuts short their buzzy little lives.


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