After a rather long absence from home, I am finally back in Melbourne - and while it is great to travel, it is also great to return. Thanks to all of you who commented while I was away and hope you understand why I may not have responded as quickly as usual. Normal service will now be resumed!
I'll start with a simple post that shows a plant that used to grow in the walls outside of my home in Somerset - this is the Ivy Leaved Toadflax, a plant with such a wonderfully silly name I am almost obligated to like it!
I have recently (i.e. about 10 minutes ago) found out that it is not native to the UK, which surprised me, and that it has a rather splendid way to make sure its seeds find their way into cracks in which they can germinate. Once the flowers of this plant are mature and have set seeds, they start to grow away from light and into any areas of darkness around them. And this often means that the seeds are shed in dark and damp places where they grow. Sounds like a wonderful adaptation.
You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday2 and I Heart Macro. SM
Glad you are safely home again. there is no place like home Stewart. Right! I foten see this little plant in walls but neveer knew the name of it. Have a lovely time with your family over the weekend.ReplyDelete
And it's about time you got back! Did you bring a note? :)ReplyDelete
Hi Stewart, glad you are home from your travels. This is a pretty little plant! Have a happy weekend!ReplyDelete
Sounds like a plant with a mission! YAM xx
a pretty survivor. :)ReplyDelete
Welcome home! I love the name of this plant, and it's fascinating how it spreads it's seeds.ReplyDelete
Glad you are safely back home, Stewart! I love the little plant and a pretty survivor it is indeed!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!! Enjoy!!ReplyDelete
How odd. Most plants, as you know, grow toward the light. But a splendid adaptation nonetheless.ReplyDelete
I've seen this plant but never knew about its wonderful name.ReplyDelete
I need to hunt for the photo I took of a cactus growing out of solid rock.ReplyDelete
Ain't nature grand??? Welcome home..ReplyDelete
That is the best name for a plant ever! Somehow it kinda' gives you hope for the future of the world when you read about a plant adapting like this.ReplyDelete
Neat plant, and very interesting to learn how it finds a good place to shed its seeds.ReplyDelete
Interesting plant, it has cute little flowers, and nice-looking leaves.ReplyDelete
Have a great week!
I love the contrast in these; plant and rock!ReplyDelete
The photo of the Ivy Leafed Toadflax is very nice - love the purple flowers.
The plant is very attractive against the background.
Thanks for hosting WBW.
Have a Great Day!!
It's a lovely plant, in spite of its odd name! :-) I too was shocked when I learned that mullein wasn't native to the US. It is one of my favorite wildflowers, and once when I thought we were going to retire to the foothills of the Va mtns I had planned to have a native plant garden. I had so wanted mullein to be in that garden! :-) Anyway, we didn't retire there, and I have to enjoy such things in photos and on blogs but that's ok. :-)ReplyDelete
Glad you are back from your trip! I hope it was productive and wonderful but I know you are glad to be home!