We’re into autumn here, and these flowers are one of my favourite parts. They tend to grow alongside roads, and it isn’t always easy to get a good photo. As you can see, there isn’t a safe place to pull over. There is a very narrow strip behind the yellow line, and a steep concrete runoff. I got this photo by walking in from the other side – the road runs by a residential area.
The pink and white flowers are the most common. The dark colour is much rarer. I stopped alongside another part of the road for this photo – and ended up with blackjacks all over my clothes.
For those fortunate people who don’t know what a blackjack is – or who may call it something else – here is a photo.
The black heads are made up of clusters of little splinters with tiny spikes on one end. They are evolved to catch onto animals’ coats and be carried to other areas to drop off and spread. Works just as well hooking onto clothing and a real nuisance to get rid of. Brushing – and picking – them off at home is a Bad Idea. you will soon have blackjacks in your garden.
I haven’t done much posting lately, but have been busy with tatting – successful and otherwise. Photos are in the pipeline.
I have even been getting some writing done! I have been going low tech and writing by hand. This is because an A4 pad does not contain the internet… I have actually got more writing done in the last week than in the last few years! Updates to follow. 😉