4th April


Torrential rain and hailstones. Went to the original hedge between showers. Still got soaked.


The Germander Speedwell has one of the more striking Speedwell flowers. It will now be in flower until October at least.

Spores of a Ramalina lichen at x 400.

When collecting fungal spores, one technique is to place the fungus on a slide and wait for a day or so. There will then be millions of  spores to examine. The technique doesn't usually work for lichens, but after about 2 weeks I got one single little deposit of precisely 8 spores. No wonder lichens don't depend entirely on spores for propagation.

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