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Roadside Sunday Stroll.

The power of flower

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A short ramble just past the Lochwinnoch golf course and taking the Corsefield Road towards Kilbirne there is a good selection of Spring plants.  Female red campion flowers produce a sticky foam that helps them trap pollen from the male campions and if you look closely in the centre of the flower there is an inner ring of white small flaps.  Nearby are bluebells, the roots of which, at one time, were used to glue feathers onto arrows.  While slightly further along there was the scent of garlic from the white flowering ramsons and close by lesser celandine; that is named after the Greek word for swallows that usually appear when this plant is flowering, though I’ve not seen any yet.

Red campion
Lesser celandine


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