Tuesday, 18 August 2015

After the fire

Here are a few random shots from the past few days, which had to wait until the fires of my dragon frenzy had subsided...

The floral supernova of a Devil's Bit Scabious (I think).

Proof, if it were needed, that you can have just too many colours and textures in a photo. Taken from the Hoy Head ferry en route to Lyness.

A biannual plant from the garden in MK, that we've never been able to name, but which is putting on a show in Orkney.

Flaming reeds.


Bob Furness said...

Rose campion is an erect, many-branched biennial (or short-lived perennial) with softly wooly silver-gray leaves and stems. The plant gets 2-3 ft (0.6-0.9 m) tall with a spread of 1-2 ft (0.3-0.6 m). The leaves are in opposing pairs on the stem and oval shaped; basal leaves have petioles (leaf stems) and are 4-6 in (10.2-15.2 cm) long; stem leaves do not have petioles and are smaller, 2-4 in (5.1-10.2 cm) long. In the second year of growth, rose campion blooms with a profusion of long stemmed rose-pink or purple (rarely white) trumpet shaped flowers a little more than 1 in (2.5 m) across and just as long. The flowers open one at a time and last only a day, but do so over a long blooming period in the spring and summer. Rose campion also may bloom in its first season, but usually not as profusely. By its third season, rose campion already is declining, but new seedlings keep the lineage going.

Bob from HESC

Imperfect and Tense said...

Many thanks, Bob, another mystery solved!

biobabbler said...

Jeepers, Bob nailed (pardon the pun) that ID in a BIG way.

I disagree re: too many colors & textures for that particular shot via the ferry--I think it's marvelous! Quite striking. =) To quote Van Gogh, "There is no blue without yellow and without orange." So, well done. =)

Imperfect and Tense said...

Van Gogh said that? Does he use the Hoy ferry much?!