I strolled home, battling against a stiff breeze - the remains of storm Freya - pausing here and there to examine anything that caught my attention.
In the hospital grounds stand several specimens of Lawson's Cypress, Chamaecyparis lawsoniana. I examined them largely in the hope of finding the Juniper Shieldbug, an insect very partial to this tree. None was found but nevertheless I took a picture of the lovely male cones. They are tiny, being only about 5-7 mm long, but are worth a close examination. It is no coincidence that the Juniper Shieldbug is a red and green creature.
The male cones of Lawson's Cypress. Danetre Hospital, Daventry.
4 March, 2019
Ash tree bark with a Trentepohlia alga appearing to stain it orange.
Christchurch Drive, Daventry. 4 March, 2019