At last it seems that summer has arrived, Saturday started a bit cool but soon warmed up into more or less the first really summery day. Farlington Marshes are at their flowery and grassy best, the marshes are home of over fifty species of grass, a testament to the history of grazing and lack of herbicide and fertiliser use as well as the variety of habitats.
Of course all these grasses are flowers too, it is easy to forget it but grasses are fully paid up members of the flowering plants, although they don’t go in for all those fancy petals. Rather than attract insects to spread their pollen about they just set it free into the air, as all hay fever suffers everywhere will know only too well. Saturday was a perfect day for grasses to be casting their pollen abroad and I sneezed my way around the marsh as proof of this. Although grasses may not go in for flashy petals they can none the less look pretty good.
At least I think it is crested dog’s tail, in close up it does look rather good.
Other grasses come in other colours.
Once I got into looking at the flowers of unconsidered things I noticed the somewhat chaotic flowers of sea club rush.
I think this last one is glaucous bulrush, but I am not totally certain about this.