On November 19th 2011 we were surprised to see a south‐ facing bank with about fifty plants of Lesser Celandine Ranunculus ficaria near Llandeilo station with many plants flowering. This the first time I (or Richard) have seen Celandines flowering in the autumn and would like to know if anyone else can remember this in the past.
Similarly, we have also noticed Cow Parsley Anthriscus sylvestris bearing flowering stems along several road verges in various parts of the county including coastal areas such as Tanylan, Kidwelly, as well as sites well inland such as Felingwm Uchaf, Llanpumsaint and Pentregwenlais.
The small population of Weasel‐snout Misopates orontium growing out of cracks in the tarmac in Elgin Road, Pwll, has so far survived all through the winter. Richard noticed six plants on 5th December 2011 three of which were still in flower. By the end of December only two plants remained, neither in flower and both looking rather sorry! However, as I write this in mid February, these two plants are still alive and look much more healthy than in December, so as long as we don’t now have a prolonged cold spell, we are likely to have early flowering and seed replenishment before the council sprayers come‐round!
Two plants of Weasel‐snout in Elgin Road, Pwll, 21 st Oct. 2011. Photo Richard Pryce
For the first time we have had a Grass Snake in our garden in Pwll. It stayed for some weeks, often under a small piece of roofing felt on a sunny, south‐facing slope, surrounded by wildlife habitat (my vegetable patch which becomes increasingly neglected as the botanical season progresses!). It was usually accompanied by up to six Slow Worms of various sizes including recent hatchlings. Although we have had Common Lizards rarely in the garden in the past, we’ve not seen any since 2007 when one was basking on a south‐facing concrete block wall on 14th February! And although Adders have been reported from the bracken‐slopes nearby, we’ve never seen any in the garden.
Barry and Sandra were responsible for the roofing felt as they left it for us after an overnight moth‐ trapping session in the summer – the felt was used to cover the trap in the event of rain.