Sunday, 15 April 2018
Townhall Clock or Moschatel plant: one of my favourite spring flowers
Townhall Clock or Moschatel plant: one of my favourite spring flowers is bursting into flower now in Surrey. Eleven days ago the flowers were just starting to open on the north slope of Wolstonbury Hill on the South Downs, where plants flower a week or so earlier than Kingswood, Surrey. It is far more abundant in Kingswood though, where great swathes of it flourish. On Wolstonbury Hill there are only isolated small patches.
The exquisite, tiny flower is cube shaped with a flower on each vertical face and one on top... so the fairies can tell the time as they fly overhead, if you believe in fairies! The stamens look like numerals on a clock face, although there are only ten: never mind! This is a short lived, exquisite and fun little plant.
Chiphouse Wood, a Woodland Trust reserve on the edge of Kingswood.
It is a plant that is featured in my talk at http://www.peterlovetttalks.co.uk/page13.html
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