So we’re in September already, and we’re almost into the second week! Whoa now where has the year gone? The blog is almost ONE whole year old! Now that is a scary thought!
Anyway, that’s a whole different blog. Hopefully this post like the ones before it will help you look for September’s flowers now that there is that nip in the air and the nights are drawing in! As usual, do let us know how many you spot!
[Taken from Enid Blyton’s Nature Lover’s Book]
Wild Teazel: You cannot mistake this very tall, handsome, spiky-headed flower, growing in waste places. Its flowers are in dense, oval heads that look spiky. Below the heads are long spiny bracts. Notice the long, lance-shaped prickly leaves, and the very prickly stalk.
Mugwort or Wormwood: This autumn flower grows by field and wayside. It has whitish-green, rather woolly-looking flowers with red or yellow centres. The flower grow in short clusters up the stalks. Notice the pale-green stalk with red ridges, and the handsome, feather- shaped leaves, backed by a pair of pointed leaves. [Stef’s Note: You may be more familar with this plant from JK Rowling’s Harry Potter Series.]
Purple Loosestrife: This tall, spiky plant grows in damp places, by the sides of streams or on mashy ground. The flowers are rich purple, growing in rings round the stem, each circle being seperated from the next by a pair of pointed leaves.
Sneezewort Yarrow: If you grown batchelor’s – buttons in your garden, you will easily know the sneezewort yarrow, because it is very like it. You will find it growing anywhere now, and you will know it by the cluster of white daisy -like flowers growing on the short stalks at the top of the main stem. Notice the long – veined. sword – shaped leaves. This sneezewort yarrow is, of couse, a cousin of the yarrow, or milfoil, we mentioned before.
Marsh Cudweed: Look for this common plant in damp fields. You will know it by its unusual pale – brown flowers, and by the fact that the whole plant has a downy appearance. The flower – heads are in small knots at the branch – tips. The leaves are usually strap – shaped.
Common Grass of Parnassus: This plant is common in marshes and any damp place everywhere. See if you can find the large white flowers growing singly at the ends of their long stalks. Fell the stalks – they are square, and are a little twisted. Notice the five creamy – white petals, and the five little scales inside, which hold nectar. The leaves are oval, growing from the root, and each leaf has a long stalk of its own. On each flower – stalk is one leaf without a stalk.
So there you have it. Five flowers to look out for this September! Happy hunting!