July 2nd - The onward march of summer means more purples - the urban wasteland warriors that are willowherb and buddleia come into bloom around now. This willowherb - or old man’s beard - is growing well at Telford Station near the overpass, and is a welcome splash of colour in an otherwise dull patch of scrub.
After flowering, this tall, distinctive and very common wasteland plant forms wind-borne seeds that will drift on the breeze and fill the station with white fluff.
Good for birds and butterflies, both plants grow well in urban areas and spots either beyond the reach of man, or out of his sight. They are a testament to the tenacity of nature.