Sunday, June 25, 2006

policeman, lavender, drooping sedge

A policeman (one of the new community policeman) on a bicycle is rare sight, and one which brings on a twinge of nostalgia.

Lavender is on the point of flowering. The long stems bend upwards in bold curves, the buds straining towards the sun.

There is a dramatic looking ornamental grass, which has escaped from formal cultivation and grows near the valerian at the edge of the path, off Mount Sion, between back gardens (known as a twitten in these parts). Some research on google has revealed that it is Carex Pendula or drooping sedge. Stephen Dalton of the Natural History Photographic Agency, describes it vividly as follows: "The pollen bursts forth from pendulous inflorescences as they sway in the wind."

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