Saturday, 15 August 2009

A Glimpse of the Mersey Valley 50 Years Ago - Hilda Broady's Journal

15th August, 1959

It was a very windy day when we visited the plot and the most striking change was the appearance of the willow herb as most of the seeds have now dispersed. Many were blowing about in the wind and few remained actually on the plants.

The underside of the bramble leaves presented a silvery appearance. The thistle was fruiting and another specimen was taken.

Bittersweet is fruiting and in many places, including the sides of the stream, is still in flower. The blackberries were mostly a deep red, a few being quite ripe and black.
Water pepper is flowering and a specimen was taken.

It was much easier to move about the plot, the grass appears to have been trampled down a good deal. The undergrowth was quite brown and thick.

Silverweed (Potentilla anserina) was seen growing near to the path where I had not previously noticed it.

Posted by Dave Bishop, 15th August 2009

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