Particularly abundant on felled woodland areas, rocky waste ground, and often where you don't want them.

Common foxglove - Lus nam ban-sìth - Digitalis purpurea

They are a biennial, producing downie leaves only in the 1st year and the easily recognisable flowers in the 2nd year. Grows up to 235cm.

The Gaelic common name suggests they are for the women fairyfolk rather than gloves for foxes.

As promised, the fruit of:

Wild Strawberry - Tlachd-shùbh - Fragaria vesca

As you can see from the second photo "someone" has been nibbling the ripe fruit already.

The wild fruit are about ⅓ the size of commercially grown strawberries.

My post showing the Wild Strawberry flowers:

Nature, red in tooth and claw (1)

I've seen very few dragonflies this year. Yesterday, the sun was out and I saw dozens of dragonflies.

Usually when I approach dragonflies they buzz off. This one had just caught prey (some sort of bee) in mid-flight and had settled to devour it. I got a few photographs.

Golden-ringed dragonfly - Cordulegaster boltonii

Magnificent creature. About 8cm long. Female.

A very distinctive , nothing else quite like it (in )

Greater stitchwort - Tursarain-mhòr - Stellaria holostea

What looks like two petals is in fact one petal with a very deep incision. In consequence the petals are very delicate. You can see one petal is broken in half in photo 1. That photo also shows two blooms about to open, and several buds.

Each flower has a total of 5 petals.

I promised a photo of this flower ages ago, but we've been subject to howlin' gales and lashin' rain ever since.

Grannie's bonnet - Lus a' chalmain - Aquilegia vulgaris

This is a , whereas my previous photo was (99% certain) a cultivar:

Quite different, aren't they? They don't even look like the same species.

Another really common wildflower in the .

Wood cranesbill - Crobh-preachain coille - Geranium sylvaticum

Seeing it so frequently probably leads to people ignoring it, which is a shame. It has delicate petals with lovely gradations in colour.

As the botanical name makes clear it is part of the Geranium family. Likes shaded areas in woods. The cranesbill is a useful source of pigment to dye clothing.

I was delighted to find a clump of these flowers near to the house.

Bugle - Glasair Choille - Ajuga reptans

Bugles are part of the Lamiaceae family, commonly known as Mint. That the Bugles are growing together isn't a surprise, as they spread using ground level runners. Unusually the leaves & stems on these Bugles are nearly hairless.

Squirrel update

For the previous four days the squirrel came to the peanut feeder at *exactly* 08:00. On day five I confidently predict to my OH that the squirrel will be there at 08:00.

So, what happens? Of course, the squirrel doesn't arrive until 08:45. Just goes to show you can't rely on a squirrel. BTW I've never seen a squirrel with a watch.

Bank Street, Inverness
Circa 1890

Inverness Castle in the background

Source: Inverness Museum & Art Gallery

Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer

The world's first general-purpose, programmable, digital computer. Photographed at the University of Pennsylvania in 1945/46.

Glen Beck and Betty Snyder (Holberton) are shown, they are both busy programming the ENIAC.

The dandelion saga continues...

Common Bullfinch - Corcan-coille - Pyrrhula pyrrhula

I never thought Bullfinches would be interested in dandelion seeds, and yet, here is the proof. A male & female pair of Bullfinches settled in a patch of dandelions for about two hours to eat the seeds. They took every seed from a puffball, and ate it after separating & discarding the tail.

I love Bullfinches. They look so smart with their black caps and chunky beaks.

This is almost certainly a cultivar, not a wildflower.

Common columbine - Lus a' chalmain - Aquilegia vulgaris

It just appeared this year, growing against the wall of an outbuilding. I didn't want to pull it out, and now it has flowered I'm glad I didn't.

Also known as Grannie's bonnet, which is very descriptive (if you know 18th century fashion).

BTW there is a wee bug at 4 o'clock, I hadn't noticed until cropping the photo.

Back to some really small wildflowers.

Germander Speedwell - Nuallach - Veronica chamaedrys

The whole plant (photo 1) is less than 60mm high. Each flower is less than 10mm wide. It is impossible to appreciate their fine detail without looking at a macro photo.

The covering of small "hairs" on the stem and leaves gives the plant a very soft feel.

Herbalists often recommend germanders for purifying blood and treating skin disorders.

I mentioned the other day that Siskins (Gealag bhuidhe - Spinus spinus) love eating dandelion seeds.

Well, here is the proof. 😃

The first photo shows a male Siskin holding onto a dandelion stalk, while feeding on the seeds. The second photo shows a female standing on the ground while feeding. These two birds were, I believe, a pair. These two were working close to each other and weren't argumentative. There were several other pairs nearby.

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