25th June 2014

The baby Robins are losing their speckled chests, which up till now have given them camouflage, and protected them from attack by territorial adult Robins.            If you come across this lovely, starry flower you can bet you’ll be near dry grassy, sandy soils or heathland. The Centaury is an unusual shade of pink and, like other flowers in the Gradually they gain more orange-red as they grow in strength and establish their own feeding territories.  family, its flowers only open on bright mornings, closing during the afternoon. The five-petalled flowers form a cluster at the top of the stem, with a rosette of oval leaves at the base and pairs of opposite leaves up the stem. It is used in Bach flower remedies for people who can’t say no to helping others! The Celts thought it brought good luck. It has been shown to have antiseptic qualities.  The flowers can vary in depth of colour but they always have prominent yellow anthers. Centaury flowers must have been a favourite of Wordsworth as well as me, because they are etched on his tomb! Conditions: Cloudy with some sunny intervals. Temperature: Max 17- Min 11 C

Young Robin in the garden,  just beginning to gain it's red breast.

Young Robin in the garden, just beginning to gain it’s red breast.

 

The red breast of the young Robin becoming more prominent.

The red breast of the young Robin becoming more prominent.

 

Centaury.

Centaury.

Centaury flowers- closing in the afternoon.

Centaury flowers- closing in the afternoon.

 

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