Today’s some weird holiday in Bavaria. Frohleichnam? No clue what it is, but I exploit it, of course. This morning – as planned since the weekend – I went to visit the local Garchinger Heide again (remember, from this post). When I visited it last time, it was mostly barren, and only some early-flowering gems were out. Now, about 6 weeks later, there was a lot going on, although I would say that it is still not high in terms of standing biomass. In terms of diversity though, it is pretty rich. I guess both observations can be explained by the rather low-nutrient soils in the area, which generally benefit the rarer plant species, compared to the common ruderal ones, and result in not-so-high productivity per square meter.
I brought the whole family with me, as it was a nice day. But it turned out to be a bit too warm for little Rafa and the very pregnant Heike. We quickly realized that I should just do a quick run around the area, and we shouldn’t stay too long. So I hurried through the field, and took some quick snaps of things that looked cool.
I noticed that a lot of species were getting close to flowering. I’m afraid I’ll have to return in a few weeks and bore you once more.