Friday, 15th August 2003
Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire nature diary
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bees and bumblebees buzz around the greenish yellow blossoms of
Staghorn Sumac, Rhus typhena. This large
shrub (or small tree) is also known as the Velvet Sumac
because the new twigs have a (red) velvet covering, like a red deer
stag's antler in summer.
This North American shrub has
been in cultivation since 1629. Staghorn sumacs have either all
male or all female flowers. The compact dark red female flowerhead
produces red berries in the autumn.
have pecked this windfall apple that we put on the bird table. Now
that it's fallen to the ground it's become a favourite with large
bluebottle or blow flies. They
fly off when a wasp comes to investigate.
straggly dog daisies grow amongst the smaller linseed
(flax) flowers that have sprouted from seed spilt from the bird
table. The larger leaves are a bramble sprouting
from the hedge.
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