A delight of daisies.

After the yellows of spring, we now have the whites of early summer. Here are some of the daisies that are showing up well everywhere around the park, and indeed further afield.

The daisies seem to have relished the relatively dry last two months or so that we have had and they are to be found all over Ealing, including the Northala mounds and Belvue park on the other side of the  A40 road.

3 Replies to “A delight of daisies.”

  1. Looking splendid Henry. Amongst other places I visited yesterday was Belvue Park & the meadow in front of the church was resplendent with the display of Ox-eye Daisies with Knapweeds to come, currently in tight bed. I noticed the meadow seemed dominated by three species of grass- Meadow Barley, Meadow Foxtail & Yorkshire Fog, all with a more subtle beauty.

    Some of your other photos show a couple of cornfield favourites -the blue Cornflowers & yellow Corn Marigolds. Also a couple of umbel species- Wild Carrot & the ubiquitous Hogweed.

    It’s been a joy walking to so many of the borough’s open spaces in recent weeks enjoying the natural assets we’re so lucky to have on our doorstep.

  2. Thanks Neil for doing what I lack the confidence to; identifying the species. One of the photos in my album was indeed taken in Belvue park in front of the church. Another, the long winding path of daisies, was taken in Bitterns’ field.

    It is perhaps a sign of the times that even the “ubiquitous Hogweed” can inspire delight. And in a few days time the thistles will start up. There are a number of different varieties in Perivale Park, and I will rely on you Neil to identify them for us! At this rate, I might even start to appreciate nettles!

    I am still reeling from the humiliation of South Greenford station; if only Londoners realised what they were missing by not coming to that station!

  3. I’ve never used South Greenford Station-perhaps not surprisingly given its status! I’ve certainly walked past it.

    Yes, Hogweed can dominate but is a favoured by quite a few pollinators such as bees, various beetles & hoverflies I think it’s quite an architectural plant. In my garden I use Fennel for the same benefits.

    When I was at the church yesterday I noticed the first Spear Thistle flowers had opened in front of the wall with quite a few Teasels coming up. The thistle flowers were helping feed some bumblebees in the cool conditions.

    On my last visit to Perivale Park a week ago I went through the flower mix sowings by the Costons Brook & adjacent acid grassland & found a Painted Lady (a recent migrant arrival) amongst the them but also saw Small Copper & Small Heath amongst the drought stressed grassland. The former lays its eggs on the Sheep’s Sorrel often on the ant hills, the latter species utilising the fine grasses.

    There were also large numbers of 7-spot Ladybirds & their larvae but I was excited to find a small number of the much scarcer Adonis Ladybird; a smaller species that seems to favour disturbed ground.

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