Nature abhors a vacuum

I heard the expression Nature abhors a vacuum (which is attributed to Aristotle) countless times during my childhood in the context of plants filling bare earth.

When the activities of workers left plant-free space at two locations in this diverse parish, I wondered whether any of the plant-life would be lost.

The first, previously overgrown with sea mayweed, sea radish and other hardy salt-tolerant plants, was near the sea-defences, which had been improved using heavy plant – the yellow metal sort! In a few months plants have begun to recolonise the area.

The second was in an arable field, where the newly ploughed area extended into what had been a wildflower area next to the path. The field pansies and other annual plants reappeared along the edge and among the growing crop of barley.

One thought on “Nature abhors a vacuum

  1. Interesting contrasting sets of pictures. Ploughed areas are good news for many arable wildflowers, as they need soil disturbance to grow. A track by arable fields where I often walk provides a much richer mix of flowers in the regularly turned over areas than on the undisturbed track edge!

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