Sunday, the Second Half.

Brrr…… Woke up to freezing rain and a cold wind. It was so different from Saturday. The rain carried on for most of the morning and at times it was falling as snow but it was too wet to lay.

This was not a day for straying out of doors but Fizz didn’t agree.

With zero chance of getting any nature shots I eventually gave in to the whining and decided to try my hand at a bit of “glamour” photography.

Well, you know that Fizz has got her own Facebook page now, I thought we could go out and get some cute and sweet photographs that she could use….

FizzThings didn’t go exactly to plan… (The weather was against me)

FizzThere were the odd patches of blue sky but the wind didn’t let up..

Fizz

FizzThen we hit a bit of rough.

FizzHer ball got stuck in the mud.

FizzI suppose that at this point I could have used my opposable thumbs to help her out a bit but the journalist inside of me kicked in and I thought that I should record this moment.

FizzAnyway she seemed to be doing quite well at retrieving the ball from the mud with her face.

FizzShe didn’t really need any help.

FizzAnd that was the end of my career in “Glamour photography.”

FizzIt was good while it lasted.

Plantago lanceolata, The Ribwort Plantain.

Ribwort Plantain flower head (Plantago lanceolata)A common plant of meadows and grass land, Ribwort Plantain is also a common lawn weed.

Short creamy, brown flower heads are carried on long ribbed stems and they can grow quite tall when competing with grasses. The flower stems are leafless, the leaves all stem from the base of the plant.

Ribwort Plantain plant (Plantago lanceolata)When the flower head first appears the closed bracts present a very dark, almost black face to the world.

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Ribwort Plantain flower head (Plantago lanceolata)The familiar ring of creamy, white stamens appears as the flowers start to open. They open from the bottom of the flower head first and the ring moves slowly upwards.

Ribwort Plantain flower head (Plantago lanceolata)

Ribwort Plantain flower head (Plantago lanceolata)

Ribwort Plantain flower head (Plantago lanceolata)The small flowers are composed of four cream coloured petals with a brown central rib (technically the four petals should be called a corolla because they are not actually individual petals but fused together) The overall effect is of a light brown flower head surrounded by a ring of white stamens.

Ribwort Plantain flower (Plantago lanceolata)

Ribwort Plantain flower (Plantago lanceolata)The stem is deeply ridged as are the lance-shaped leaves and depending on who you read, one of these ribbed features gives the plant the name Ribwort.

Ribwort Plantain flower stalk (Plantago lanceolata)

Ribwort Plantain leaf (Plantago lanceolata)

Ribwort Plantain plant (Plantago lanceolata)Taxonomy:

Kingdom: Plantae

Order: Lamiales

Family: Plantaginaceae

Genus: Plantago

Species: Plantago lanceolata

Ribwort Plantain plant (Plantago lanceolata)

Ribwort Plantain flower head (Plantago lanceolata)

Wildflowers in winter.

 

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30 thoughts on “Sunday, the Second Half.”

  1. I hope the mud pack was good for the supermodel’s complexion. We used to get the plantains in the lawn all the time. I have never thought of looking down on them. Attractive in their own weedy way.

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  2. Excellent images of the plantain (and Fizz of course) and for a change, here is one plant I am familiar with…..even more so since a reorganisation of my remaining book shelves revealed my Field Guide to Weeds in Australia – thought I’d lost it.

    (hopefully, now I can identify all my ‘grass’ images).

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  3. The plantain looks very much like ours here except the flower head is a little different. I noticed a broad leaf plantain beside Fizz in one of her wonderful pictures the other day, also very much like ours. International weeds, 🙂 International Fizz too, since she’s now on FB with people from all over. That was such a nice idea.

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  4. This is another weed we have here in the US, but I must say thanks for the close-ups. I’ve never bothered to take a good look at it. Beauty hidden in plain sight! As for beauty … that muddy faced Fizz takes the cake! 😉

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  5. The Ribwort photos are lovely – especially the close-ups of the flowers. There’s nothing nastier than a cold, wet and very muddy ball. I don’t blame you trying to get Fizz to pick it up! (poor little dog!)

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  6. What a great post! I adore the last photo of Fizz. Could she be admonishing you for not coming to her aid? She has so many expressions with a turn of the head or a certain twinkle of the eye.
    We have plantains here that I never looked at closely. Shame on those of us who do not look at weeds. There is beauty in all things.

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  7. It would seem with international exposure on FB and mug shots like that Fizz is aspiring for a passport – you know those are always the best glamour photos 😉 Nevertheless, Fizz still looks smashing, some creatures just look good doing anything, even rolling in the mud 🙂 The wildflower photos are grand. I pity the poor plantains, they are underappreciated and need love too. My other half mows them down at every opportunity. I have learned to embrace them because they are the only thing that stays green in our scorched summer lawn. ❤

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  8. Having only newly found your blog, I’d like to politely enquire (if it’s not being too forward) what type of dog is Fizz? I am not well up on dog breeds. Also (which is obviously a different answer), what kind of breed does she think she is?? Great pics, but more grit than glamour! 🙂

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