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Rose Baywillow Herb Seeds

Rose Baywillow Herb Seeds

I woke up this morning and looked out on, what has become, a pretty normal scene. In the distance, at about where it would be nice to see the sun shining on the slopes of the Cumbrian mountains, there was a vague grey wall. Here and there the occasional tree faded in and out of view. To say I was tempted to lie straight down and pull up the duvet, is only to tell you the obvious, but it wasn’t to be so. The Dog awaited, impatiently, her opportunity to check all the local canine points of reference – and it’s hard to get any sleep with a dog’s paws dug into parts of your anatomy and a wet nose stuck into any available eye or ear.

By the time I reached the necessary state of readiness, the view through the window had changed, the mountains had thrown off their blankets and were prepared to take on the day. There was quite a wind and the greyness overhead was moving along at a good pace.

Now, a couple of days ago, I took some pictures of the Rose Bay Willow Herb and they were covered in a fine fluff, I could say a fine thistledown, but I don’t want any thistles who read this to take umbrage. The picture we have today is one flower in a vast fluffy, pinky-purple bank of those Rose Bay Willow Herbs, over all of which the white, downy seeds were poised, sitting on the branch outside the nest, chirping excitedly to each other.

Today, the roadside verge is bare – the birds have flown.

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  1. 2013-08-19 at 04:05

    Must be quite a sight! I’ve never seen a tree with those seed pods. And flowers at the same time?

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    • 2013-08-19 at 19:16

      Hi Brenda – I’m not sure if it’s made it to New England yet but it is definitely in the US – I believe you call it Fireweed there – It’s a long straggly weed that can grow up to six feet high and it grows in huge banks of plants – everyone complains that it is an invasive weed and they organise parties to pull it out – but the bees and small mammals just love it.

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      • 2013-08-19 at 20:48

        Thanks for the info! Horticulture is fascinating. 🙂

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