July 21, 2016

Hay Rattle

hay rattle drawingA proliferation of fluorescent yellow flowers with tiny purple tongues grow in swathes across the meadow in June and July. This is Yellow Rattle (Rhianthus minor), sometimes called the "meadow maker" on account of its slightly sinister habit of parasitically feeding on the roots of surrounding coarse grasses, weakening them and so allowing more delicate wild flowers to emerge. Around this time of year, the seed heads start to crackle and rattle, making a singular soft sound as the summer winds whip through them. Arlo and I have a new favourite game, racing up and down the path, arms outstretched, making the sound for ourselves!#inthemeadowcb hay rattle