The park is useful not just for greens for supper, but also for …

… dock leaves. Now, given the current shortage of toilet rolls, I wonder what these leaves might be useful for? An experiment may well be tried.  And if successful, we are certainly keeping the location of these a secret!

Walking along the extended Perivale Park, down the Brent river valley area, we came across this picture-postcard pond. So I could not resist a few photos.

3 Replies to “The park is useful not just for greens for supper, but also for …”

  1. I’m hoping it won’t be coming to that, Henry!

    The Fritillaries were looking fine- I counted c75 flower heads/buds. One white flower & probably another couple in bud.

    Very quiet for birds with single Chiffchaff & Blackcap singing-recent arrivals. A pair of Jackdaws are nesting in a hole in one of the poplars by the railway on the Gurnell side.

    1. Neil

      Could you comment on whether a white Fritillary is merely a mutant or ‘sport’ or simply a rarer form. Perhaps the same for white Bluebells?

  2. I guess a sport is a mutation, though in cultivation these mutations are sometimes positively selected for. Most flowers can produce these white mutation although some species seem more prone to this.

    People sometimes get confused when they see the white form of Red Dead-nettle, confusing it with White Dead-nettle, which is a much bigger, vigorous perennial. I occasionally have white flowered Herb Robert (normally pink flowers) in the garden.

    Certainly the white flowered Fritillary stood out more from the distance!

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