Cranberry Marsh, Whitby, in August
Saturday the sun was still high in the sky, the colours bright, the temperature cool. It was a beautiful day here.
Largest square: Question Mark butterfly sunning itself. Moving clockwise: common burdock (Arctium)- in many places declared a noxious weed, joe-pye weed (Eupatorium ) - culivated varieties are sold in garden centres; jewelweed or spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis) - the sap is supposed to protect you from poison ivy, but I have never tried it, butterfly on purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) and fluff on Canada thistle (Cirsium aevense) - loved by goldfinches for lining their nests.
FYI: I include botanical names because the common names vary around the world but the botanical names stay the same.
Purple loosestrife taking over the marsh
Very prettty but also invasive, purple loosestrife is multiplying at a frightening rate. An alien plant rom Europe, its roots form a thick mat, reducing space and nutrients for indigenous plants. But I have heard a beetle has recently been relwased here to check this colony's expansion.
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