Monday, 18 April 2016

Wild Flowers with Harry 1: Were to begin

Saturday saw me taking part in my very first Adult learning cause on Wild flowers.
It was a formal event run by 

with  Harry Allenby (Blue hat)

I have  recording and photographing wild flowers for over three years now, around  340  species have been recorded. But I have got to the stage were I want to be better at recording.
For example we all know what a Forget-me- not looks like.

But did you know there are 200 species in the genus, only those native to the Northern hemisphere are commonly called Forget-me-not. Many are popular in gardens, preferring moist habitats. In areas where they are not native, they have frequently escaped to wetlands and riverbanks.
You might have seen..
Changing..Creeping..Early..Field..Great..Jersey..Pale.. Tufted..Upright..Alpine..Water and Wood here in the UK
 all looking lovely but I would like to tell them apart.
As a rule I can  see if a plant looks a little different, to what I have all ready photographed. I will look through wild flower book (I have plenty) use the internet and if that fails I will put it on iSpot.

We just looked at plants you see everyday. We looked at "family" groups, parts of the plant, how some plants got their name. How there is some plants rare in the Bradford area as they came in with the Cotton trade, best of all was were to find Bee orchids in June.
Parts of a flower and their functions
Parts of a plant and their functions
It's all about recording what you see

and the "Keys"

it's like learning a new language, I understood it all when I was there but as soon as I sat back in my car...
...lost it, all gone !

Harry recommended books to read, I had some but did order  
Botany in a Day
Book by Thomas J. Elpel
We had a walk round the reserve  looking at the plants we could find.