Do You Know These November Flowers?


In the Nature Lover’s Book, Enid Blyton wrote about the joys of nature and included things such as what flowers you can expect to see in which month, distinguishing bird species and telling trees apart.In this blog post we can look at her list of flowers in November from Enid Blyton’s Nature Lover’s Book, 1944.

NOVEMBER FLOWERS

Devil’s Bit Scabious: This little flower also blooms in the summer but may be found now in open woods and fields. It has a small, round, bright mauve-blue head, even more like a pin-cushion than the field Scabious. The upper leaves are narrow, the lower leaves broader.

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Bur Marigold: Look for this flower in ditches and marshy places. You will know it by its dull yellow-brown flowers, which will remind you of the button-like flower-heads of the tansy. The Bur-marigold flower-heads are set in the middle of a frill of green bracts that stand out round it. Notice the hooked and bristly fruit. The leaves are lance-shaped, and toothed round the edge.

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Ivy: The ivy is not usually in flower until October, and can be found easily in November, its green-yellow clusters attracting many insects with their nectar. Everyone knows the prettily-shaped ivy leaves. Notice the aerial roots of the ivy on the climbing stems.

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Hemp Nettle: Look for this common dead-nettle in the fields. It has the lip-shaped flowers we know so well. They are pale pink-purple. Notice the oval leaves, toothed and hairy.

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Petty Spurge: You will very often find this petty spurge flowering in late autumm, in fields of in the garden as a weed. It looks like a shower of green drops, for it is much-branched, and the leaves and flowers, both small, are green.

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Common Comfrey: You will find this common water-side plant blooming in summer and autumn. Look for the flowers in drooping clusters, sometimes yellow, sometimes dull purple. The five petals join to make a drooping bell. Notice the rough hairs on the stalk, which is hollow and ridged. The upper leaves are narrow and hairy, the lower ones are broad and hairy.

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And that concludes Blyton’s advice on finding flowers in autumn. How many of you will be out searching for these autumn delights?

Enid Blyton's Nature Lover's Book

Enid Blyton’s Nature Lover’s Book (Dustjacket). Published 1944 by Evans Brothers. Illustrators: Donia Nachshen and Noel Hopking.

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