|Elms in a Brighton street. 27 September 2013|
|A 'Weeping Elm' near to the Royal Pavilion.|
26 September, 2013
Elsewhere in the town there are finer examples, some even being rather famous. The next example, a specimen of Ulmus glabra 'Horizontalis' was photographed in a park adjacent to the Brighton Royal Pavilion. It might be assumed that these trees are naturally resistant to Elm Disease but in fact their survival is due to a very well organised 'sanitation' program which quickly identifies, and deals with, any outbreak of the disease. As most people
are aware the disease is caused
by a fungus carried by the beetles, Scolymus scolymus and Scolymus multistriatus.
No doubt I am a philistine, but I found this park far more interesting than the Royal Pavilion. Of course there were the usual street pigeons (feral Rock Doves) and Wood Pigeons strutting around but, staying aloof from these, was a Stock Dove. This is a slightly less common species, perhaps often overlooked, and lacking any of the bold markings borne by its relatives.
|Stock Dove in the gardens adjacent to the Royal|
Pavilion, Brighton. 26 September, 2013
|A calliphorid fly, Stomorhina lunata, taken in gardens |
beside the Royal Pavilion, Brighton.
26 September, 2013
Another insect to catch the eye was the familiar Green Shieldbug, Palomena prasina.
Although it is bright green throughout the summer months, it takes on dull brown colours to overwinter. The specimen I photographed was in a transitional stage; it will eventually hide itself away under dead leaves or some such material and remain concealed until spring.
|Green Shieldbug, Palomena prasina, in the gardens |
of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton 26 September, 2013
|Indian Pokeberry, flowers.|
Gardens beside Royal Pavilion, Brighton
By and large the park was planted up with commonplace species but I was pleased to see a few plants of Indian Pokeweed, Phytolacca acinosa in the flower beds. This species is frequently bird-sown and the fact that the plants weren't labelled suggested that they weren't a deliberate planting.
|Indian Pokeberry , Phytolacca acinosa ,in fruit.|
Brighton, 26 September, 2013
I could have spent more time in these gardens, and many people less strong-willed than myself would have lingered on to give more attention to the fungus, Melampsora hypericorum affecting the leaves of a St John's Wort.
|Hypericum rust, Melampsora hypericorum,|
affecting St John's Wort. Brighton, 26 September, 2013
...but there were other places to visit and other scenes to enjoy and I tore myself away.