5/17/2009

Marsh Marigolds.


Did someone mention going for a W.A.L.K.? We have taken to spelling certain words in our house because there is always the chance that somebody will hear!

After the doom and gloom of my earlier posts I am delighted to report that we have just spotted a water vole in the little stream which runs close by here. Everyone feared that we had seen the last of this native but now scarce creature.

The photographs show a little patch of woodland which is a mere hop, skip and a jump away from our house. Nobody ventures too far into this little patch because it is very boggy and home to the odd snake. I believe them to be grass snakes but others say they are adders. As you can see the environment provides the perfect place for Marsh Marigolds which is believed to be one of our most ancient native plants. It seems that as the glaciers retreated after the last ice age the landscape became inundated by glacial meltwaters which provided a perfect home for these moisture loving plants, sometimes referred to as Kingcups. I think they belong to the same group of plants as the buttercup and can be a mild irritant to the skin if picked, perhaps this has helped them survive so long?


18 comments:

  1. My dog was just the same. I used to walk in a wood near my parents home near Ipswich and I loved the Marsh Margolds at this time of year. I don't mind snakes and saw an Adder sunning itself on a path near some trees last Summer. I was cautious of course but 'he' was stunningly beautiful.

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  2. Those King Cups are gorgeous.

    We don't have a dog so 'walk' can be said out loud.

    But we have cats - and they can read your mind!

    Celia

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  3. Do you know I spotted marsh marigolds near my daughter's school in Brewood Staffordshire on Friday and remarked to myself that I hadn't noticed any for years and years. xx

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  4. Ted:) I love the way he has one eye on you to make sure he doesn't miss the chance of a W.A.L.K! The Marsh Marigolds are so pretty - we have some in our pond but they are a paler yellow almost cream - perhaps a cultivated rather than wild variety? Good news about the water vole:)

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  5. Yes Valerie, we always spell WALK otherwise we are pestered until we go on one. I love marsh marigolds - as children we called them water blobs.

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  6. My dog runs at the mere mention of "bath"! I love the organic beauty of your backyard!

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  7. Our dog is just the same!
    Lovely countryside and the yellow marsh marigolds remind me of my childhood.x

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  8. How lovely to have these nearby.

    Aw.. doggies love their walks :)
    I used to have cats that would come on walks all across the fields. The two we have now though don't as they are too scared of dogs! Big babies :)

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  9. How marvellous to see a water vole - I think they are delightful creatures. Those marsh marigolds are a lovely sight and I love the way your dog has one eye on the goings on and an ear cocked, ready for action.

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  10. I had to Google Speedwell Castle but find it to be the curious building in Brewood that I drive past every day! In tatty splendour it stands and now I know its name - thanks!

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  11. What a wonderful post! Visiting here is akin to a visit with a wise-woman of the woodlands. I'm ashamed to know as little as I do. Though I thought I did know more at one point in my life. I suppose too many clamoring little voices have confused me!

    And we don't have a dog, but plenty of things need to be spelt out!

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  12. I didn't know there were poisonous snakes in the U.K. I learned something today! :)

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  13. We have two Australian Shepherds, and not only must we spell "walk", but also "outside", "cookie" and "doggie daycare". :)

    ~ Carolee

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  14. The kingcups are so cheering :o)
    Your little doggie is so precious and he has such a stylish little bed.
    x
    Sumea

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  15. Lovely Marsh Marigolds - I have seen them in the Vienna Woods!

    Sweet sweet creature in that basket, and so very clever looking! :-)

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  16. Your King Cups...a pleasant blanket of yellow compared to the dandelions that seem to be VERY thick this season! :)

    We spell around our pup, too! Especially F O O D and T R E A T~

    :) Hope your day is wonderful~
    Michelle

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  17. What lovely flowers! I remember walking home from school taking a shortcut across a field and picking buttercups and some flowers that we called "Eggs and Bacon".. they were a rusty brown color (the "bacon") and yellow (the "eggs"). Have no idea what their real name is.

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  18. Regarding my comment on your more recent post: I have seen marsh marigolds and love them. We do not have them in ND but I have seen them in Minnesota.

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