|edge of Gorseinon Common alongside A4240|
Today, along Mumbles Road, similar drifts of colour were made up by plants including Cornflower, Pink Bachelor's Button (Centaurea pulcherrima), Musk-mallow (Malva moschata), Californian Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Corn Marigold (Glebionis segetum), Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis), Tricolour Chrysanthemum (Ismelia carinata), Red Flax (Linum grandiflorum rubrum) and Rose Mallow (Lavatera trimestris 'Silver Cup'), etc.
edge of Gorseinon Common alongside A4240 & Mumbles Road
Among these mixes of largely non-native annuals are a surprisingly diverse mix of more traditional annuals such as Pineappleweed (Matricaria discoidea), Sun Spurge (Euphorbia helioscopia), Petty Spurge (E. peplus), Redshank (Persicaria maculosa), Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis), Lesser Swine-cress (Lepidium didymium), Wall Speedwell (Veronica arvensis), Knotgrass (Polygonum aviculare) and Shepherd's-purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris).
Whilst the dominance of non-native species used won’t please the purist, there is no denying the exercise adds interest to otherwise monotonous swards and the abundance of insect life around these areas suggests there are benefits for some groups. Aesthetically the wilder-looking patches are delight and I look forward to encountering more patches on my trips around the city.