Treshnish is beginning to resemble a large wildflower garden. Everywhere you look there are wonderful wildflower ‘arrangements’ – and I realised yesterday when wildflower walking with the camera that it was not possible to record the unfolding of the wildflower story over the summer all over the in-by ground. There is just too much going on!
Circles of Cotton-grass appear in damper areas across the hill and some of the in-by ground.
The field below the house, which we cut for silage last year, has turned golden now. Yellow Rattle, a key plant in establishing a wildflower meadow or garden, is flowering as is the Buttercup.
The Heath Spotted Orchids are going over now. Fragrant Orchids are flowering, and smelling divine. The deep purples of Northern Marsh Orchids dot the damper ground, and the subtle beauty of the Greater Butterfly Orchids seem to be popping up everywhere.
Along the shore the Ragged Robin is flowering now, and on the edges of the wetland areas at Haunn.
The Coronation Meadow is blooming too – Yellow Rattle, Buttercup, Pignut, Red Clover, Northern Marsh Orchid, Greater Butterfly Orchid, Fragrant Orchid, Small White Orchid, Wood Bitter-vetch, Eyebright, Oxeye Daisy…
Looking north from Treshnish Point towards Rum.
This lonely wild-sculpted birch tree was fenced off 18 months ago, in order to allow it to regenerate. We are already seeing young birches within the small fenced enclosures.