theWI Adderbury & District WI – Wild Flower Area Gardening and Walk – Thursday, 27th July 2017

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Reflections

Dear Members,

 

Our Wild Flower Walk lead by Team WI – and the weather was perfect. Everyone had the opportunity of seed sowing at KHH – with a unique blend of home-collected and dried seeds from our KHH garden – Corn Chamomile from 2015, Campion from 2016 and wild poppy also from 2015 – which were scattered over both beds, with some delicate use of the stepping stones at the rear half of our main bed. These have been in place since 2015 and very useful they are too for all sorts of reasons.

Dinner at The Pickled Ploughman, after our walk, was a truly smashing occasion and a great opportunity for becoming better acquainted.

We then walked along East End Lane to Adderbury Lakes, with 3 packets of seeds and flower-named canes for id.purposes. And the first thing Team WI was able to show our walkers, was the Dark Mullein plant (although at first even I couldn’t locate it) and after we had oohed and aahed over our new Verbascum and our poppies, ox-eye daisies, campion and white bladder campion and self-seal plant, we proceeded to sow our seeds in the main bed extension area, which Bernice and her Sister very kindly cleared completely last October. We created 7 sowings, which may or may not survive against competing weeds and the vagaries of our weather, but Team WI will be on hand to clear away those pesky weeds and water our new sowings, in the hope and anticipation of new flower blooms for 2018.

Here’s a few photos including our new Dark Mullein and our other new seedling blooms, from seeds sown in May, which managed to survive against the odds and flower prettily for us this summer …

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Adderbury Team WI were hard at work on Thursday morning, at Adderbury Lakes and at KHH, making sure our wild flower sites were pruned, cleared of dead plant material and newly seeded areas weeded of grass and unwanted green items, as we do every week. But this week, we had a wild flower walk to look forward to, this very evening at 6.30pm so needing our areas to look their very best.

It was very helpful to have Carrol join Team WI for work at Adderbury Lakes – thank you Carrol.

And we have a surprise for our walkers and all members, in that Team WI discovered a “new plant” on our site at Adderbury Lakes. The plant – Dark Mullein – Verbascum nigrum – has dark green basal leaves and a short stem which supports very pretty pale yellow flowers with dark centres, the colour of which comes from the violet coloured hairs on the 5 stamens. The flowers cluster very thickly right to the very tip of the stem, a point I slightly missed when first researching the plant, making me think it was a Moth Mullein. It was Andrew Barnes, with his larger Flora resource book, who id. the correct plant. We have been in close touch since Monday, making this week very exciting as this plant was new to me….and frankly one does not come across Verbascums very often. The last such plant seen was along the Oxford Canal at Lower Heyford last summer

And then, on Tuesday, when I was away from Adderbury, I suddenly chanced on the same Dark Mullein plant in deep countryside at Pusey, Nr. Faringdon. So its been an exciting week of discovery.

Here’s a photo or two … xxx

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Margaret Halstead xxx