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My Hi 5 from Sturminster Newton: Meadow Buttercup

The meadows by the River Stour here are golden yellow in May with these buttercups

Thursday, 23 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Sturminster Newton: Russian Comfrey P1020302.JPG

A garden escape but often encountered on disused railways and waste places

Thursday, 23 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Sturminster Newton: Hedgerow Cranesbill

The lovely blue flowers of this tall geranium that hides away in hedgerows

Thursday, 23 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Sturminster Newton: Red Valerian

Red valerian has a wonderful capacity to colonise walls and is found here on the old railway bridge 

Thursday, 23 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Sturminster Newton: Hogweed

Hogweed is now becoming the dominant flower of the hedgerows as cow parsley fades 

Thursday, 23 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Longham Lakes: Cut-leaved Cranesbill

An astonishing amount of the cranesbill around the lakes

Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Longham Lakes: Dog-rose

My first of the year and very popular with insects by the look of it.

Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Longham Lakes: Ribwort Plantain

Not everyone's favourite but I like it!

Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Longham Lakes: Bitter Vetchling

Bitter vetchling is very common around the lakes

Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Longham Lakes: Greylag Goose

Female greylag watching over her two goslings

Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Stoborough Heath: Burnet Rose

The first of the burnet rose flowers emerging now

Sunday, 19 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Stoborough Heath: Mouse-eared Hawkweed

The pale yellow of the mouse-eared hawkweed help to separate it from the rest of the 'dandelions'

Sunday, 19 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Stoborough Heath: Lesser Stitchwort

The lesser stitchwort starting to appear as the greater stitchwort starts to decline  

Sunday, 19 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Stoborough Heath: Heath Milkwort

The tiny heath milkwort can be any colour from deep blue through to white 

Sunday, 19 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Stoborough Heath: Heath Dog-violet

Heath dog-violets today but sadly no pale dog-violets that we found

Sunday, 19 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Holt Wood: Hard Fern

Hard fern with fresh green fronds for spring

Thursday, 16 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Holt Wood: Lesser Spearwort

Buttercup family certainly but this is lesser spearwort growing in damp ditches alongside the woodland path

Thursday, 16 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Holt Wood: Germander Speedwell

In full flow now, clusters all along the woodland ride edges

Thursday, 16 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Holt Wood: Wild Angelica

Buttercup family certainly but this is lesser spearwort growing in damp ditches alongside the woodland path 

Thursday, 16 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Holt Wood: Speckled Yellow Moth

Sadly it flew before I got a fully focued photo - several about but very flighty

Thursday, 16 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Thorncombe Wood: Red Campion

Adding the red to the white of greater stitchwort and blue of the bluebells; very patriotic! 

Tuesday, 14 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Thorncombe Wood: Cats-ear

Cat's-ear is now beginning to come into flower, soon it will be one of the most common species around

Tuesday, 14 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Thorncombe Wood: Marsh Marigold

I prefer king-cups but that is not what the book calls them. Nearly over for another year now. 

Tuesday, 14 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Thorncombe Wood: Common Marble Gall

Some people call these oak apples but they are more formally known as marble galls. They are the gall of a tiny wasp, Andricus kollari, introdiced in the early 19th century as marble galls were used to  make ink.

Tuesday, 14 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Thorncombe Wood: Oak Apple

This is the real oak apple, much bigger than the marble gall and less rounded. the gall of the wasp Biorhiza pallida

Tuesday, 14 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Wareham Common: Beaked Hawksbeard

Beaked Hawksbeard can now be seen on waste places, road verges and lawns now!

Sunday, 12 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Wareham Common: Green Nettle Weevil

Tiny and often missed but common on nettles

Sunday, 12 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Wareham Common: Spotted Medick

I only just spotted this medick as it is small and sprawling with tiny flowers

Sunday, 12 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Wareham Common: Birdsfoot

It is a shame this flower is so tiny as it is hard to appreciate its delicate beauty

Sunday, 12 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Wareham Common: White Clover

It is only white clover for goodness sake!

Sunday, 12 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Sandford Heath: Bog Pondweed

Not the most glamorous of flowers and a common feature of heathland pools

Saturday, 11 May, 2019

My Hi 5 from Sandford Heath: Dovesfoot Cranesbill

The delicate mauve flower of Dove's-foot cranesbill 

Saturday, 11 May, 2019

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