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by Botany Group - 15:28 on 15 May 2015

Orkney U3A Botany Group                                                                     12th May 2015

A sunny, windy and eventually damp afternoon saw members of the Orkney U3A Botany Group making their way up the Heddle Road as they met for the first time in 2015.  Their destination was a field that it was thought had not been cultivated for many years, if ever, an ideal venue.

As it was early in the season and thanks to recent weather, the lack of growth meant that sharp eyes were needed to spot plants the majority of which had yet to bloom.  The exceptions were the low growing primroses nestled well down in the grass that gave the field a pale yellow hue.  Plants identified were Primrose, Violet, Meadowsweet, Lesser Celandine, Butterbur, Coltsfoot, Butterwort, Daisy, Marsh Marigold, Dandelion, Willows, a thistle (not sure which) and an Orchid (again not sure which) – investigations are underway for the last two.  As the Group walked down the field beside a burn the rampant primroses with their blooms well above the grass amply demonstrated the benefit of shelter in Orkney.

In the best tradition of Orkney U3A the afternoon concluded with a visit to a tea room on this occasion Gerry’s Ice Cream Parlour in Stenness.

The Group’s next meeting is planned for Tuesday 26th May meeting at the car park in front of the OIC Harbours building at Scapa at 2.00pm.

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