Monday, 30 July 2018


The Spatterdock (Nuphar advena) at the pond on the edge of Oulton Park (VC63), seems to have enjoyed the heat this year. I don't think I have ever seen it quite so luxuriant. Not a common plant but worth looking out for elsewhere, along with other aquatics as they start to come into their own.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Sinacalia tangutica

After some time out there is a lot of news to catch-up on, so I'm going to try and post a few snippets over coming days as time allows.

First up was this intriguing find from Town Beck in Addingham. It had me stumped, but the final verdict was Chinese Ragwort (Sinacalia tangutica), thanks to Clive Stace via Mike Wilcox. A new one on me. I found 3 plants scattered mid-channel. Mike Wilcox went for a look and found a few more heading upstream, and also some larger clumps further downstream towards Low Mill Village. Somewhere upstream there must be a garden with the parent plant.