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Wall Flowers

Friday, 3rd May 2002, West Yorkshire

groundselGroundsel, spear thistle, chickweed and dandelion; the usual crop of waste ground plants have sprouted in the tiny gap between the foot of a stone wall and the tarmac pavement on the way to the post office.

valerian Valerian has escaped and established itself here and alongside the front steps of the terraced houses. Valerian has the ability to colonise the crevices of walls and you'll see it growing high on ancient walls.

oat grass Oat grass is already beginning to set seed. When the seeds fall to the ground the long bent awns on its seeds twist and turn to help corkscrew the seed into a page

Richard Bell
Richard Bell,
wildlife illustrator

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