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Sunday, 2 August 2020

HAPPY OWL DAY.

2/8/20.....Which must mean it's Owl Day. 
I have been out looking for insects and not found anything to snap. Plenty of common stuff about but nothing to warrant posting. I have a couple of plants.


This is Redshank, it is very wet but does have a couple of tiny insects. I know little about plants but can tell this one and confirm it's ID by the arrow shaped stain on it's leaf.
See.

The next one I identify as Whitlow Grass. It has minute flowers and I thought it ought to have been and gone by now but there is lots of it about.
Maybe it has always been here in August but I can't say I've noticed it before The flowers are very tiny, possibly the smallest flower in Scotland.


This one is Tansy. No it isn't it's Pineapple weed, Matricaria discoidea. Thank you Trevor.

I have always assumed it was a baby Ragwort but I'm possibly mistaken. That's about it for today.
Have a good week.

14 comments:

  1. Well plants are not really my strong point (what is?) but I'm not sure that looks like a Tansy. Mind you it doesn't look like Ragwort to me either. I shall tray and be more constructive later on if I can be arsed. I say that because I've not known you be wrong and if I had to bet against you or me I'd back you.

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    1. Graham. I'm only guessing. I seem to remember Tansy and Ragwort are the same family. Where plants are concerned my knowledge is limited to "Green side up."

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  2. Adrian, I'm not 100% but check out Pineappleweed Matricaria discoidea for the last one...[;o)

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    1. Thanks Trevor. Just been out and smelt it it does smell pineappley, tastes bloody awful a bit like those teas that lesbians drink. I read about it and it says it likes compacted soil and this field although lying fallow was subsoil ploughed only last year. Fat lot of good that did, I suspect it contributed to the demise of the clutch pack on the New Holland. I'll update the post and once again credit you.

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  3. We get that matricaria one here and call it wild chamomile. Fits with your tea description above. It is a bugger to get rid of but usually gets relegated after spraying to the tracks and edges of fields. I didn't know there was such a thing as owl day but just as I was driving off tonight my brother said "oh and there's two baby owls in the owl box". So it must be owl day I suppose.

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    1. Rachel, chamomile is the same stuff.
      Owl Day-----Not really. 2/8/20......Too-ate-too-oh. Just me being silly.

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    2. Oh, I see. I had owls on the brain.

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    3. No worries, I confuse myself at least once a day.

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  4. Looking for insects is a right pain. Went looking for a ladybird to put under the LCD microscope - not one to be seen. Yesterday there were dozens of them.

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    1. John, I know it is. I'm not having much luck this year.

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  5. I'm wondering what a happy owl looks like and if it sounds any different. I don't know any of your flowers so will limit my thoughts to happy owls. Happy Owl Day to you!

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    1. Pauline, there ought to be an Owl Day but as far as I know there isn't. See my reply to Rachel.

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