Friday, May 11, 2007

More Pictures from the Park

This is another flowering shrub which I saw while we were in the park, but can't name. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen or heard of it before. But the photo doesn't really do it justice. The flowers almost didn't seem attached to the tree - it was as if a huge pinky cloud was floating over it.

As I said in the last post, the nice thing about the park is not only its size, but also the variety of different areas it contains, and therefore the variety of different plantlife. Apart from areas where the grass is cut and the shrubs and trees are cultivated, there are also areas dedicated to agricultural use - cornfields and hay fields ....

and then there are woodland areas.

This fungus, which was growing on the stump of a tree in one of the woodland areas was the size of a dinner plate.

There are also various streams and ponds, with rushes, irises, water lilies and other acquatic plants.

All of these different habitats means there's also quite a lot of different wildlife - but that's for next time.


Unknown said...

What lovely pictures! I believe that the shrub you posted is a green variety of smoke bush... Cotinus coggygria is the Latin name. Google it and check out a few pictures to see if that looks about right!

Sue Swift said...

Yes - you're right. I googled it and it's exactly the same. Thanks!

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