Driffield Millennium Green (King’s Mill Bottom) TA015576On 10 June 2019 I braved a day of drizzle to botanize the Driffield Millennium Green. We crossed part of this 8.5 acre site last year on one of our Local Group meetings but concentrated our effort along the tree line bordering the Keld. We missed (if they were there then) a swathe of 200+ Dactylorrhiza purpurella, 20+ D. fuchsii and 2 D. maculata - if there is any real difference between them! Courting controversy, I note that Dactylorrhiza is now Dactylorchis and fuchsii is now a forma of Dactylorchis maculata. One day the taxonomy will be worth committing to memory.
A total of 131 taxa were recorded, some of which are escapes from neighbourhood gardens. One interesting though not particularly pretty or photogenic plant was Thurston’s Crane’s-bill, the thurstonianum forma of the hybrid of Geranium endressii x Geranium versicolor (Geranium x oxonianum). G. oxonianum has been recorded before in the vice county, but not this pathetic- looking form.
Peter Cook, 11 June 2019