Saturday, June 21, 2008
A top-notch ditch
I like standing on the bridge that crosses this ditch. It's a low-cost destination -- walk or cycle, and there you are. Tree and Violet-green Swallows skim the water and shoot past your head. Ducks dabble, and the block of wood just floats, bearing silent witness. The left bank is the dyke, holding back the ocean. Much of the red stuff growing on it is Sheep Sorrel, Rumex acetocella, I think. It's a European native, long established here.
Nicely spaced along the inshore bank are clumps of another Rumex, R. occidentalis, western dock. It's a perennial from a stout taproot, mostly unnoticed except at this time of year when its colour catches the eye.