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Alison Harley
Apr 09, 2022
In ABBA Forum
I hope it is okay to post this but I can't get onto the Facebook site. I've been sketching a Cowslip but having measured, colour matched and annotated I find my specimen doesn't conform, in that, instead of five petals it has six. I sacrificed two flowers to double check and yes, 6 petals and 6 anthers but most of the flower heads on the same plant have five. I took another flower from the plant beside it and all flowers have five petals and five anthers. I've looked through every wildflower book I have and all state 5 petals and anthers. Apart from this it looks like a perfect specimen of Cowslip. I googled 'mutations' in this plant and all I find refers to colour differences. Could anyone tell me if it is a Cowslip (Primula veris) or if I have wrongly identified it? Growing profusely in open grassland West of Paris.
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Alison Harley
May 12, 2021
In ABBA Forum
Just want to say Thank You for another very enjoyable, helpful and informative zoom session for ReflectionS last night!
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Alison Harley
Mar 25, 2021
In ABBA Forum
For anyone who is interested, there is a short online course offered by the RBGE on Plants and Climate Change. I've just completed it and found it very informative and interesting. Science not being my strong point, it was helpful to have the scientific aspects explained in such a way that I could understand it. It is also very visually appealing and broken down into sections giving time to think about what you have just read or listened to. Anyway, given the theme of ABBA's major exhibition this year and COP26 in November, I thought it was timely and relevant. There is even a lovely 'Statement of Participation' available on completion. Oh and the course is free and can be taken at your own pace.
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Alison Harley
Apr 03, 2019
In ABBA Forum
I'm delighted that ABBA is now up and running. It's lovely to see that there are two other members here in France and it would be great to share little snippets from our botanical lives. I live west of Paris.
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