The story of "A patch of land"
Way back on the 19th of May on my daily walk to the park I discovered they had chopped some trees down...
This is the edge of the tree line that runs along the beck in the bottom and the Old weather pitch is at the top.
As far as I could tell they had removed the trees to mend a pipe, it was quite nice to be able to see into the wood for the first time, the Bramble had been removed too, which can be up to six food wide in some places.
In the beginning we were left with just soil....
Note the fence guarding the old pipes !...
I thought nothing more about this spot till on the 7th of June I was out Butterfly hunting..
I had followed a Comma Butterfly down the edge of the wood before it landed on the Bramble near the "bare spot"
It was not so bare...
The first plant I spotted was Common Fumitory, a new plant for me and the park.
And a Red dead- nettle this plant is normally found at the other end of the park near the boggy spot.
This is how the ground looked on the 7th of June, I didn't visit this spot again till 22nd of June were I found two more flowers I have never recorded before and also new for the park, at this point I thought it would be interesting to keep a eye on this patch.
This is what it would look like if the trees and bramble had not been removed.
So far I had found four flowers three of them I'd never seen before and another new one for the park,
Questions need to be asked...
At first I thought they were growing because the bramble had been removed and the light was getting through and they had room to grow.. I did a little research about this and "yes" some seeds can lay dormant for over 30yrs and still grow when the right conditions come along, is this what was happening here ?
So with camera in hand I decided to record every plant on this spot, even the Nettles to get some Idea of what was growing here.
It's now July 25th.....
and still new plants are growing, some I have had to get I.D on iSpot and some I have had to leave to grow to find out what they are.
On the 31st July when I visited and spotted even more flowers I have never seen before,
like this Field Pansy. It got me thinking again...
Why were allot of these plants not growing else were in the park...?
Had the the work me put a seed mix down on the ground they had dug...?
Thinking back I do not remember seeing seed on the ground, and the flowers are very varied.
Most times I have seen them put grass seed down but not a flower mix.
and this little patch of land is still growing...
This is one of the Sycamore trees that was cut down, already new leaves are shooting out at the side.
On my last visit before I did this post was 13th August
The flowers looked lovely, but I feel this time next year the Bramble and Clevers will have creped back in.
So at the end I have recorded 40 plants, just in this one spot...
11 I have never recorded before...
16 new finds for the park....
I hope you have enjoyed this post, and if you have any thoughts on weather they have grown because the Trees and Bramble have been removed, or they are there because the work men through seed on after digging, please let me know.