It’s no wonder the field at Einar is a literal hive of activity with bees. The Red Clover Trifolium pratense is here in abundance.
Taking a macro photograph of it reminds me just how much of life we miss because of our scale. Always carry a magnifying glass with you and you’ll never be stuck for entertainment. The Red Clover is probably why I’ve been visited by Great Yellow Bumblebees:
There’s White Clover Trifolium repens as well:
It’s such a great plant it’s amazing people are frightened to plant it because it attracts bees which might sting and lead to litigation:
A plant I didn’t know the name of is growing quietly in the garden too; Self Heal. I tried and tried to identify it myself but eventually had to ask for help. The photograph in my identification book shows Self-Heal Prunella vulgaris from the side. That’s such a bizarre thing to do when you miss just how fabulous a plant it is from the top:
Now I know what it is, I see it everywhere. It’s also known as Woundwort. My research says Self-Heal is edible, and can be used in salads, soups, stews, and boiled as a pot herb. I might have a nibble at it later.
There’s also a pea-like plant with dozens of flowers: I think it might be Tufted Vetch Vicia cracca:
I’m going to have to keep my magnifying glass with me at all times and buy a better identification book if I’m going to have continued success identifying the plants here.
There’s just so much to see.
When you're just getting comfortable in bed and you realise you've got one foot sticking out of the duvet.