Thursday 12 June 2014

Brian's Botanical Finds VI

Brian Laney came over to VC55 last month, to be 'Expert of the Day' on the Botany for Beginners course run by University of Leicester Botanic Garden

The ID session was held in the Attenborough Arboretum, but first there was a workshop in the adjacent classroom. At one point, Brian nipped outside to see if there was anything interesting growing on the tiny patch of bare-ish ground behind the classroom. 

Anyone who knows Brian Laney will have anticipated what is coming next...

Yes, Brian came back in with a very broad smile, having just found Deadly Nightshade, which nobody had spotted before. We all rushed out to look, desperate to prove him wrong or find signs of very recent planting, but no, there it was looking as though it had been growing there for ages, just waiting to be noticed by Brian "Eagle Eyes" Laney and only then become visible to everyone else. 

Another great botanical find by Brian. And here are the photos to prove it.

But we are still no closer to knowing how he spots things that nobody else has noticed. Answers on a postcard please....

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