New content.

Sorry for the delay in posting new content, what with all the work on my son's new house and other woodworking projects, It will take time to catch up, I have the pictures, but I still need to sort out the text to go with them,


1. Water Mint-(Mentha aquatica)

The image above is of a common water plant, 1. Water Mint-(Mentha aquatica) was taken a few months ago with the intention of following the progress through the summer season.

Description Water Mint is a perennial plant growing to nearly a metre in height when competing with tall vegetation, but more often no more than 20 to 30cm tall. The stems of this and other mint species are square-sectioned; they can be either green or purple, as also are the oval leaves. another variable feature of Water Mint is the degree of hairiness of its leaves and stems, which on occasion are almost hairless. Typically 4 x 2.5cm the leaves are opposite and finely toothed. The flowers of Mentha aquatica are very small and form crowded near-spherical inflorescences. Each of the pinkish-purple flowers has a four-lobed corolla some 3-4mm long, and four protruding stamens. Below each whorl of flowers are a pair of opposite leaves. In suitable habitats Water Mint spreads rapidly by means of its rooting rhizomes.

Flower buds .

Closeup of flowers.

This plant turned out to be quite a specimen, the literature states 30cm high, but this plant reached  one meter in height and spread almost filling the Burn from side to side, also it's only my opinion but I think it is the most pungent of all the mint family.

October is a good month for Fungi and this year is exceptional, not sure if the two or three months of drought had any influence on it or the very wet weather after or a combination of both, but this year they are everywhare.

Shaggy Inkcap

Coprinus comatus, the shaggy ink cap, lawyer's wig, or shaggy mane, is a common fungus often seen growing on lawns, along gravel roads and waste areas. The young fruit bodies first appear as white cylinders emerging from the ground, then the bell-shaped caps open out.


Below are a few images from the many taken this month

The best way to obtain good Fungi images is to get down low,  to their level and use a tripod, This entails waterproof over trousers and some times crawling through wet undergrowth and low growing shrubs . I have found getting down there no problem, but at seventy years young getting up is another matter. best to get on with it and suffer later.